Updated Clean Air Standards May Mean Higher Costs

Law360, New York (October 23, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT) -- On Sept. 12, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule under the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) of the Clean Air Act governing newly constructed, reconstructed or modified flares and process heaters at petroleum refineries.

The EPA asserts that these new regulations reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”); provide the industry with greater compliance flexibility; and allow companies to make routine operational changes without triggering new requirements.

The EPA has also indicated that it believes...
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