December 2019, Vol. 246, No. 12

Government

EPA Considers Regulatory Relief for Pipeline Facility RICEs

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the American Gas Association (AGA) are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize changes to air emission rules the agency has been considering for over a decade. At issue is when facilities – inside the natural gas industry and outside – can voluntarily re-designate emission sources as “area sources” after they were originally labeled “major sources.”  Area sources are more lightly regulated, generally at the state level. A 1995 memorandum that established EPA’s “Once In Always In” (OIAI) policy for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Ai

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