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  • EPA Proposes Changes to Refinery Emission Rules

    Texas environmental advocates are applauding a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reduce oil refinery pollution by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions. If adopted, the rule would mark the first change to the industry's emission standards in nearly two decades. The EPA's 870-page proposal is part of a consent decree that resolved ...


    By Associated Press

  • California hearing set on tough oil refinery rules

    The Environmental Protection Agency is coming to one of the nation's largest petroleum-producing areas to hold public hearings on a proposal aimed at reducing toxic air pollution from California to Texas through tough new controls on oil refineries. The daylong hearing set for Wednesday will be held at a community center in Wilmington, a blue-collar section of Los Angeles that is dotted by more ...


    By Associated Press

  • Sweeping first time air pollution rules for refineries

    Below is a post from AP about two important actions being taken by EPA.  Here’s the main points being made: Refineries will be made to measure emissions at their property lines and take corrective actions. EPA considers this "neighborhood watch for toxic pollutants" (Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator) This is a demonstration of the Obama administration's commitment to ...

  • EPA sets stricter emission standards for oil refineries

    The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Tuesday to reduce toxic air pollution from oil refineries by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions. The rules will require for the first time that refineries install air monitors along "fence lines" where pollution enters neighboring communities. The monitors will measure levels of benzene and ...


    By Associated Press

  • California regulators to restore emissions-cutting fuel rule

    California regulators are poised to restore a first-in-the-nation climate change program that requires a 10 percent cut in carbon emissions on transportation fuels sold in the state by 2020, despite oil industry objections that it could drive up gas prices. After the program survived a lengthy legal challenge from fuel makers, regulators are expected to ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Exemption for Incinerators Ruled Illegal

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - A federal court has thrown out an attempt by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA to exempt tens of thousands of waste incinerators from the controls of the Clean Air Act. In a decision June 8 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, a panel of three judges ruled that facilities that burn waste are incinerators, not ...

  • EPA Updates Emissions Standards for Petroleum Refineries/First-ever fenceline monitoring requirements will protect nearby communities

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated air pollution standards to further control toxic air emissions from petroleum refineries. Exposure to toxic air pollutants, such as benzene, can cause respiratory problems and other serious health issues and can increase the risk of developing cancer. The rule requires first-of-its-kind fenceline monitoring to better protect and inform ...

  • EPA Evaluated Air Toxics Risks from Petroleum Refineries, Seeks Comment on Additional Emissions Reductions

    A recent analysis by EPA on the risks from air toxics emitted from petroleum refineries found that the risks to human health and the environment are low enough that no further controls are warranted.  ...

  • EPA proposes rules on clean air act permitting for greenhouse gas emissions (HQ)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing two rules to ensure that businesses planning to build new, large facilities or make major expansions to existing ones will be able to obtain Clean Air Act permits that address their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the spring of 2010, EPA finalized the GHG Tailoring Rule, which specifies that beginning in 2011, projects that will ...

  • EPA Proposes to Ignore Oil Refinery Air Pollution

    WASHINGTON, DC, August 24, 2007 (ENS) - A recent analysis by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, on the risks from air toxics emitted from petroleum refineries found that the risks to human health and the environment are low enough that no further controls are warranted, the agency said Thursday. The EPA analyzed the petroleum refinery emissions as part of a Clean Air ...

  • Justices rap EPA, but Uphold Global Warming Rules

    The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval. The justices said in a 5-4 vote along ideological lines that the Environmental ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tougher Petroleum Refinery Standards Proposed to Protect Air Quality

    EPA is proposing to reduce emissions from new, modified, or reconstructed process units at petroleum refineries. The proposed amendments would update the existing standards of performance for petroleum refineries. Under the proposal, new, modified or reconstructed units would be required to add emission controls that reflect demonstrated improvements in emission control technologies, in addition ...

  • EPA seeks small entity participation on two upcoming air rules

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as small entity representatives (SERs) for two Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panels to establish standards for vehicle emissions and update emission standards for refineries. Reducing pollution from vehicles and refineries is important to EPA’s ...

  • EPA Rule Cuts Air Toxics From Passenger Vehicles, Gasoline

    WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Friday finalized new standards for emissions of toxic fumes from mobile sources such as gasoline, passenger vehicles, and gas cans. The mobile source air toxics, MSAT, rule is intended to cut emissions of benzene, a known carcinogen, and other hydrocarbons such as 1,3-butadiene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, ...

  • Obama admin drives ahead with new cleaner gas rule

    The Obama administration is driving ahead with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tailpipe emissions, declaring that cleaner air will save thousands of lives per year at little cost to consumers. Public health groups and automakers cheered the new rules, finalized Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency, with some insisting they could prove to be President Barack Obama's ...


    By Associated Press

  • Lihuayi Again Selects GE’s Gasification Technology to Boost Refinery Hydrogen Production

    Project is GE’s Second Gasification Order forLijin Petrochemical Refinery in Shandong GE’s Gasification Solution Enhances Company’s Leading Position in Refinery Hydrogen Production Reliable Coal-to-Chemicals Gasification Technology Supports China’s Goals to Reduce Industrial Emissions ...


    By General Electric

  • New rules on cleaner fuels for shipping will deliver benefits for people`s health

    New environmental rules on marine fuels, entering into force today, will substantially reduce air pollution and its impacts on human health. Air pollutants from maritime shipping are transported over long distances and as a result contribute increasingly to the air quality problems in many European cities. Without any action, sulphur emissions from shipping in EU sea areas would exceed those from ...

  • EPA mercury and air toxics rules for power plants: 20+ years in the making

    As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares to release new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), some people may be wondering about the history and timeline for these standards. One Senator recently claimed that EPA is “charging ahead” with them. These standards, however, have been in development for over ...

  • EPA updates clean air act standards for flares and process heaters at petroleum refineries

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing common-sense standards informed by important input from stakeholders, including industry, for new flares and process heaters at petroleum refineries which maintain important public health benefits while dramatically reducing costs. This final rule, which responds to petitions requesting the agency to reconsider standards issued in 2008, ...

  • EPA extends power plant emissions deadline...slightly

    While its ambitious agenda to curb greenhouse gases (GHG) has been delayed, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still moving ahead in full force to have power plants – one of the biggest contributors of GHGs – cut emissions drastically. The EPA announced late last year it would move to push new, strict emissions performance standards on plants and refineries. The move faced ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

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