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EPA Oil and Natural Gas New Source Performance Standards

Posted in on Thu, Sep 13, 2012

EPA has revised its new source performance standards for volatile organic compounds from leaking components at onshore natural gas processing plants and new source performance standards for sulfur dioxide emissions from natural gas processing plants. Standards for certain oil and gas operations not covered by existing standards are also revised.  The new standards regulate volatile organic compound emissions from gas wells, centrifugal compressors, reciprocating compressors, pneumatic controllers and storage vessels. Also finalized is the residual risk and technology review for the Oil and Natural Gas Production source category and the Natural Gas Transmission and Storage source category.  Revisions to the existing leak detection and repair requirements are also included. In addition, EPA is establishing emission limits reflecting maximum achievable control technology for certain currently uncontrolled emission sources in these source categories. Modifications and additions are made to testing and monitoring and related notification, recordkeeping and reporting requirements, as well as other minor technical revisions to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants. This action finalizes revisions to the regulatory provisions related to emissions during periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction.  The final rule becomes effective October 15, 2012.


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