Tuesday, June 21, 2011

White House begins review of EPA proposed air standards for oil and gas

from the OMB Web Site:

TITLE: Oil and Natural Gas Sector--New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
** RECEIVED DATE: 06/20/2011 LEGAL DEADLINE: Judicial

The issue, as explained by BNA's Daily Environment Report:

As part of a court settlement, EPA must review and propose any necessary revisions to the new source performance standards for crude oil and natural gas production facilities as well as the national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants for oil and natural gas production and natural gas transmission and storage facilities (WildEarth Guardians v. Jackson, D.D.C., No. 09-00089, consent decree approved 2/4/10).

EPA has until Nov. 30 to either issue a final rule revising the various emissions standards or make a final determination that no revisions are necessary.

Additionally, EPA will begin evaluating any residual risk posed by emissions of hazardous air pollutants from petroleum refineries after the required controls have been installed. It asked all 152 petroleum refineries for detailed emissions data, which will be collected this year (75 Fed. Reg. 60,107).

The Bush administration determined in January 2009 that the facilities did not pose any additional health risks and no new controls were required. However, that finding was never published in the Federal Register. The Obama administration later withdrew those findings and said it would perform a second review (74 Fed. Reg. 55,670).

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