EPA is taking direct final action to amend the National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings final rule, which is a rule that establishes national reactivity-based emission standards for the aerosol coatings category (aerosol spray paints) under the Clean Air Act, published in the Federal Register. This direct final action clarifies and amends certain explanatory and regulatory text in the Aerosol Coatings final rule.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to amend the National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings final rule, which is a rule that establishes national reactivity-based emission standards for the aerosol coatings category (aerosol spray paints) under the Clean Air Act, published elsewhere in the Federal Register. This direct final action clarifies and amends certain explanatory and regulatory text in the Aerosol Coatings final rule, as the final rule contains misstatements and possibly confusing language on how compounds are added to the list in Tables 2A, 2B or 2C--Reactivity Factors, and when distributors and retailers are regulated entities responsible for compliance with the final rule.

The direct final rule is effective on June 23, 2008, without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by April 23, 2008, or May 8, 2008, if a public hearing is held. If EPA receives adverse comment, it will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that some or all of the amendments in the final rule will not take effect.

Written comments must be received by April 23, 2008, unless a public hearing is requested by April 3, 2008. If a hearing is requested, written comments must be received by May 8, 2008. If anyone contacts EPA requesting to speak at a public hearing concerning the proposed regulation by April 3, 2008, EPA will hold a public hearing on April 8, 2008.

All comments on the proposed rule should be identified under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0971 and submitted online at www.regulations.gov(follow the online instructions for submitting comments), by e-mail at a-and-r-docket@epa.gov, or by fax at 202.566.9744. Comments may also be submitted by mail at National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Two copies should be included.

For more information, visitwww.epa.gov.