Utah Administrative Code

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R307. Environmental Quality, Air Quality.

Rule R307-344. Paper, Film, and Foil Coatings.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R307-344-1. Purpose.

The purpose of this rule is to limit volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from paper, film, and foil coating operations.

R307-344-2. Applicability.

(1) R307-344 applies to paper, film, and foil coating operations located in Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah and Weber counties.

(2) Before September 1, 2018, R307-344 applies to a paper, film and foil coating operations that have the potential to emit 2.7 tons per year or more of VOC, including related cleaning activities.

(3) Effective September 1, 2018, R307-344 shall apply to a paper, film and foil coating operations that use a combined 20 gallons or more of coating products and associated solvents per year.

R307-344-3. Definitions.

The following additional definitions apply to R307-344:

"As applied" means the VOC and solids content of the finishing material that is actually used for coating the substrate. It includes the contribution of materials used for in-house dilution of the finishing material.

"Film coating" means any coating applied in a web coating process on any film substrate other than paper or fabric, including, but not limited to, typewriter ribbons, photographic film, magnetic tape, and metal foil gift wrap.

"Foil coating" means a coating applied in a web coating process on any foil substrate other than paper or fabric, including, but not limited to, typewriter ribbons, photographic film, magnetic tape, and metal foil gift wrap, but excluding coatings applied to packaging used exclusively for food and health care products for human and animal consumption.

"Paper coating" means uniform distribution of coatings put on paper, film, foils and pressure sensitive tapes regardless of substrate. Related web coating processes on plastic film and decorative coatings on metal foil are included in this definition. Paper coating covers saturation operations as well as coating operations.

"Saturation" means dipping the web into a bath.

"Web" means a continuous sheet of substrate.

R307-344-4. VOC Content Limits.

No owner or operator shall apply coatings with a VOC content greater than the amounts specified in Table 1, unless the owner or operator uses an add-on control device as specified in R307-344-6.

                                                    TABLE 1

                                        Paper, Film, and Foil Coating Limitations
                               (values in pounds VOC per pound of coating, minus water and
                             exempt solvents (compounds not classified as VOC as defined in
                                                R307-101-2), as applied)

Coating Category                 VOC Content Limits (lb/lb)

Paper, film and foil                          0.08

Pressure sensitive tape
and label                                     0.067

R307-344-5. Work Practices.

(1) Control techniques and work practices are to be implemented at all times to reduce VOC emissions. Control techniques and work practices include:

(a) Using covered containers for solvent wiping cloths;

(b) Using collection hoods for areas where solvent is used for cleanup;

(c) Minimizing spills of VOC-containing cleaning materials;

(d) Conveying VOC-containing materials from one location to another in closed containers or pipes; and

(e) Cleaning spray guns in enclosed systems

(2) No person shall apply coatings unless these materials are applied with equipment operated according to the manufacturer's specifications, and by the use of one of the following methods:

(a) Flow coater;

(b) Roll coater;

(c) Dip coater;

(d) Foam coater;

(e) Die coater;

(f) Hand application methods;

(g) High-volume, low pressure (HVLP) spray; or

(h) Other application method capable of achieving 65% or greater transfer efficiency, as certified by the manufacturer.

(3) Solvent cleaning operations shall be performed using cleaning materials having a VOC composite vapor pressure no greater than 1 mm Hg at 20 degrees Celsius, unless an add-on control device is used as specified in R307-344-6.

R307-344-6. Add-On Controls Systems Operations.

(1) If an add-on control system is used, the owner or operator shall install and maintain the add-on emission control system in accordance with the manufacturer recommendations and maintain 90% or greater capture and control efficiency. The overall capture and control efficiency shall be determined using EPA approved methods, as follows.

(a) The capture efficiency of a VOC emission control system's VOC collection device shall be determined according to EPA's "Guidelines for Determining Capture Efficiency," January 9, 1995 and 40 CFR Part 51, Appendix M, Methods 204-204F, as applicable.

(b) The control efficiency of a VOC emission control system's VOC control device shall be determined using test methods in Appendices A-1, A-6, and A-7 to 40 CFR Part 60, for measuring flow rates, total gaseous organic concentrations, or emissions of exempt compounds, as applicable.

(c) An alternative test method may be substituted for the preceding test methods after review and approval by the EPA Administrator.

R307-344-7. Recordkeeping.

(1) The owner or operator shall maintain records of the following:

(a) Records that demonstrate compliance with R307-344. Records shall include, but are not limited to, inventory and product data sheets of all coatings and solvents subject to R307-344.

(b) If an add-on control device is used, records of key system parameters necessary to ensure compliance with R307-344-6.

(i) Key system parameters shall include, but are not limited to, temperature, pressure, flow rates, and an inspection schedule.

(ii) Key inspection parameters shall be in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations, and as required to demonstrate operations are providing continuous emission reduction from the source during all periods that the operations cause emissions from the source.

(2) All records shall be maintained for a minimum of 2 years.

(3) Records shall be made available to the director upon request.


VOC emission, paper coating, film coating, foil coating

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

December 6, 2017

Notice of Continuation

March 8, 2018

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R307, please contact the promulgating agency (Environmental Quality, Air Quality). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.