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Refineries Challenge EPA Emissions Plan

industrial plant emissionsA rule proposed by the EPA that aims to curb emissions from oil refineries and petrochemical manufacturers is causing tensions to flare between the agency and industry groups.

The agency is reviewing a flood of public comments on the issue and is expected to finalize the rule by April 17, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News.

The plan would increase requirements for burning off excess hydrocarbon gases, require refineries to monitor air pollution at the edges of their properties, and limit emissions during facility start-up, shut-down and malfunctioning. The EPA says the revisions would improve air quality, limit greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health in communities adjacent to the industries’ properties.

Refineries and petrochemical companies argue that the potential benefits would be minimal to the environment and public health, and that their customers would end up paying higher prices to help cover the costs of upgrades.

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One thought on “Refineries Challenge EPA Emissions Plan

  1. I’m sure the EPA’s proposed rule to reduce industrial emissions from pPetrochemical plants and oil refineries will increase the price of energy, but efficiency is any guide, increases will likely be a penny or so to a gallon of gas and maybe a penny or two on our electric bills… a small price to pay to reduce hydrocarbon gas emissions.

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