EPA Floats Rule On Toxic Chemical Reporting For Gas Plants

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (January 6, 2017, 5:47 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed a rule that would require natural gas processing facilities to publicly disclose more information on chemical releases and other waste management activities.

Green groups including the Environmental Integrity Project and the Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned the EPA in 2012 to categorize natural gas processing plants as a type of facility that must submit annual Toxics Release Inventory, or TRI, reports. The environmentalists ultimately sued the agency, accusing it of foot-dragging, and the EPA in 2015 agreed to the request.

"This rule proposes to expand coverage to all natural gas processing facilities, which...

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