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Petroleum Refineries to Take Steps to Reduce Air Pollution

Release Date: 04/30/2008
Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn, (202) 564-4355 /

(4/30/08) EPA is requiring petroleum refineries to reduce air pollution emissions from new, modified, or reconstructed process units by using updated performance standards. These standards call for refineries to add technology controls shown to reduce emissions. The standards also include options for controlling emissions through work practices.

The agency expects over the next five years, that the final standards for new process units will reduce the combined emissions of particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and nitrogen oxides from 30 petroleum refineries by nearly 31,000 tons per year. The cost savings from energy recovery associated with these amendments is estimated to be about $7 million per year.

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