EPA proposes new rules to curb pollution from refining


Oil refiners will be required to further curb air pollution from storage tanks, flares and heavy-oil processing equipment under proposed rules released today by the EPA.

The proposed rules also would require refiners for the first time to measure concentrations of cancer-causing benzene at their fence lines and provide the data to the public.

Top refiners include VLO, TSO, PSX, ALJ, MPC, WNR, HFC, CVI, DK and CLMT.

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  • dieuwer
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    Increased costs will be passed onto the consumer. Higher gas prices coming to a neighborhood near you.
    15 May 2014, 06:57 PM Reply Like
  • froggo8
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    its bush`s fault.
    15 May 2014, 07:25 PM Reply Like
  • 25540633
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    Proposed new rules will accelerate inflation rate even further. We are now stands @ 2%.
    15 May 2014, 09:23 PM Reply Like
  • brent_vossler
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    No XOM?
    15 May 2014, 08:29 PM Reply Like
  • surfgeezer
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    Long CLMT and NTI, but also live fairly close to two major refineries, Mobil and Chevron. Overall, fine with it.
    Wind shifts, I don't want benzene around my kids. I got paid to work inside those refineries also, but I know the risks. Yeah it costs to monitor and then fix what they find. Cost of doing biz, just like not dumping crap into open pits is not allowed anymore, but that is still costing taxpayers big money for the superfund site also fairly close to my house from when they used to.
    15 May 2014, 08:30 PM Reply Like
  • Peter999
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    It is amazing to watch the federal apparatus at work. Thousands of pages of what is basically new laws, with far reaching effect issued every year. No vote in congress, no presidential signature needed. No one to hold accountable at election time. Eventually we will be like Italy or France, tied completely in regulatory knots. It just ratchets forward, without anything ever being removed from the books. 50,000 pages a year and counting.
    15 May 2014, 11:44 PM Reply Like
  • cssmith
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    I am in agreement with you, Peter. The EPA is like the Wizard of Oz. It hides behind a curtain and waves the wand....
    16 May 2014, 09:49 AM Reply Like
  • scarman59
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    So what is wrong with the public knowing the amounts of Benzene levels seeping into their neighborhoods or reducing the pollutants released into the air. As Surfgeezeer said...it's the cost of doing business.
    For all of you that don't mind those pollutants and want no regulations could you please submit your addresses to those businesses so they can just dump their hazardous waste into your backyards only.
    16 May 2014, 10:45 AM Reply Like
  • tealone
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    Funny how I never can tell that the air I breath is any cleaner after additional Clean Air regs are passed by EPA...., but it's not because I haven't been trying...., been faithfully inhaling "air" for several decades now and not a smidgen of difference!
    16 May 2014, 02:36 PM Reply Like
  • Capitolalb
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    Some people missed Civics in school. The EPA has been given it's mandated authority from Congress and the President to keep our air clean. Don't like it, have the Clean Air law changed, good luck.
    19 May 2014, 12:26 AM Reply Like
  • cssmith
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    The EPA has its purpose but it also has its own agenda. If you have had the pleasure of using one of the EPA's newly designed gas cans...the ones with the spring loaded nozzel valve, you better stand back while filling your lawn mower. This new design is to prevent spilling the fuel while filling the gas tank. The only problem is, this new contraption almost impossible to use WITHOUT spilling fuel onto the ground. Try it for yourself and see.

     

    Another Gov't boondoggle. More pollution as a result...and they cost 3 times as much as the old reliable cans...

     

    I didn't miss Civics in grade school.
    19 May 2014, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • jfhamann
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    Amen to cssmith: I just bought one of those new gas cans and I confirm that the thing was designed by idiots.
    19 May 2014, 01:32 PM Reply Like
  • Peter999
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    I have a good understanding of civics, thank you. Under your understanding of a congressional mandate for clean air, the EPA has completely unlimited power to do anything at all, as every human activity affects the atmosphere in some way.
    Also, I get pretty tired of every time someone asks for federal regulation to be limited somewhat, liberals scream that we want ALL regulation scrapped. Any intelligent person knows that some level of taxation and regulation is needed. What is not needed is endless new rules that even an expert can't follow, see obamacare for example. It would be nice if the government could concentrate on efficiency, and clean up the federal register before issuing gobs of new paperwork. Try your hand at running a small business for a few years. The amount of paperwork and requirements for "compliance" is truly amazing.
    19 May 2014, 01:37 PM Reply Like
  • 25540633
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    With tons of EPA rules already imposed against industrial companies from emitting or polluting the environment as tool to protect our citizens from getting sick; but I don't quite see people getting much healthier now. I am beginning to question how effective are these new EPA rules?
    19 May 2014, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • cssmith
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    The EPA seems to "Deem" many of its regulations. Its omnipotent approach to enviornmental controls is often off the charts...while it remains, virtually, out of touch. Ask anyone who has ever had a "minor" wetlands issue.
    20 May 2014, 09:26 AM Reply Like
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