EPA signs final MP&M rule

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 1 December 2003




(2003), "EPA signs final MP&M rule", Circuit World, Vol. 29 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/cw.2003.21729dab.004



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EPA signs final MP&M rule

EPA signs final MP&M rule

Keywords: IPC

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently signed a final rule on Metal Products and Machinery (MP&M) effluent limit guidelines.

The final is substantially different from the regulations discussed in the January 2001 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which called for regulations that would have made wastewater discharge limits 95 per cent more stringent for printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers and introduced national discharge limits for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) facilities for the first time. The final rule does not contain any new regulations for the PCB or EMS industries.

In January 2001, EPA first proposed the MP&M effluent limitation guidelines and included a total annualized cost estimate of $147.1 million for the PCB industry or slightly over $250,000 per facility.

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