November 2019, Vol. 246, No. 11

Government

EPA May Cancel Emission Controls for Gas Transmission

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to relieve the gas transmission industry from compliance with 2012 and 2016 Clean Air Act standards related to volatile organic chemicals (VOC) and greenhouse gases, chiefly methane.  The Obama EPA adopted revised standards for VOCs for the oil and gas sector in 2012 and at the same time, for the first time, required transmission and storage facilities to adhere to those standards, which affect mostly controllers and compressors. In 2016 the agency extended Clean Air Act standards to methane emissions.  If the Trump EPA-proposed rule issued in September becomes final, the decision could cancel the transmission industry’s inclusion in the “oil and g

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