The American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and at least two refining companies have filed petitions for review of new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations pertaining to certain emissions from oil refineries. Am. Petroleum Inst. v. EPA, No. 12-1442 (D.C. Cir. 11/13/12). Additional details about the revised rule appear in Issue 426 of this Update.
EPA has said that the new standards, which would apply to about 150 refineries and are intended to reduce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, volatile organic compounds, and carbon dioxide emissions, would likely result in the installation of gas recovery systems. Industry sources reportedly describe the filing as “protective” and indicate that they are in discussions with EPA over concerns about the final rule’s definitions and interpretations. See BNA Daily Environment Report, November 14, 2012.