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Oil and Gas Production Facilities Will Cut Air Toxics

Release Date: 07/01/2005
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Contact: John Millett, 202-564-4355 /

(7/1/05) Expanding upon a 1998 proposal, EPA is proposing a second option to reduce air toxics emissions from an estimated 2,200 facilities that produce oil and natural gas. This option would reduce emissions of air toxics by 16,400 tons per year and volatile organic compounds by 31,400 tons per year. Both the option proposed in 1998 and this expanded option would apply to smaller sources of hazardous air pollutants, known as area sources, and would supplement a 1999 rule to control hazardous air pollutants at major oil and natural gas facilities. In response to a petition filed by the Sierra Club, EPA agrees to take final action by Dec. 30, 2006. EPA will accept comment on the two options for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register. For more information on the proposed rule, visit: