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First-Ever Fenceline Monitoring Rule Targets Refineries’ Emissions

The EPA yesterday updated air pollution standards with a rule requiring first-of-its-kind fenceline monitoring to control emissions from petroleum refineries. The agency says the new rule will better protect nearby communities, while also strengthening emission controls for flares, pressure relief devices, storage tanks, and delayed coker operations that will reduce … Read more »

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What Air Pollution Control Rules Mean for Operators

As the EPA moves closer to new emissions standards for refineries, the agency has already begun instituting stricter enforcement, according to a Catalytic Products International blog. CPI says the EPA is going this “under the guise of Environmental Research and calling it Community Air Monitoring.” Here’s what CPI says this … Read more »

Bay Area Lawmakers May Force Refinery Emission Cuts

San Francisco Bay Area lawmakers are moving forward with rules that would cut emissions at refineries as much as 20 percent, in a move that the industry worries may cut operational flexibility, according to SFGate. One rule proposed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District board last week would … Read more »

EPA Targets Refineries Emissions

An EPA proposal would, for the first time, require monitoring of air concentrations of benzene around the fenceline perimeter of petroleum refineries to assure that emissions are controlled and these results would be available to the public. The proposed update to the toxic air pollution standards for petroleum refineries would … Read more »

Refinery Emissions Fall; Mineral GHGs Rise

Refinery Emissions Fall; Mineral GHGs Rise

While carbon pollution from power plants in the US has fallen 10 percent since 2010, according to EPA figures out this week, not all sectors have seen a decline in emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants fell for the second straight year: from 2,331 million metric tons CO2e in 2010 … Read more »

EPA Maintains GHG Thresholds, Focus on Larger Polluters

The EPA will maintain greenhouse gas thresholds that target the nation’s largest emitters, which account for nearly 70 percent of pollution from stationary sources. The final rule will shield smaller emitters from permitting requirements, and establishes a provision that allows companies to set plant-wide emissions limits, known as Plantwide Applicability Limitations, … Read more »