The EPA announced on Thursday, August 14, 2014, that it was extending the public comment deadline on proposed updated standards for petroleum refineries that release hazardous air pollutants. Under the extended deadline, the public will have two additional months, or until October 28, 2014, to provide comments. The extension notice was published in the Federal Register on August 15, 2014.
The proposed new standards, called the “Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review on New Source Performance Standards,” would require refineries to measure benzene emissions at the fence line and make the results available to the public.
The proposed new standards also require refineries to upgrade storage tanks, add controls for smaller tanks, establish flares to ensure that waste gasses are properly destroyed, and set emission standards for delayed cooking units, previously unregulated.
The EPA estimates that these changes to the standards will result in significant annual reductions in toxic air emissions of benzene, toluene, and xylene.
To access the announcement of the extension and the proposed rules, go to www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/petref.html. Contact Toni Ellington at (504) 599-8500 for more information.