On August 23, 2011, EPA proposed new rules to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC), sulfur dioxides (SO2), and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from the oil and gas production sector. EPA did not issue those rules until April 17, 2012. On August 16, 2012, EPA published the final rules. The published version contains minor revisions from the rules issued in April 2012, such as edits to the applicability language for pneumatic controllers.  

The final rules, fact sheet, and other supporting materials are posted on EPA’s website: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/actions.html.  

Publication establishes the effective date as October 15, 2012.  

Publication also starts the clock for seeking judicial review. Petitions for review of the rule must also be filed no later than October 15, 2012.  

The new rules, known as NSPS OOOO, can be located at 77 Fed. Reg. 49,490 (Aug. 16, 2012).  

The following table, taken from the Federal Register, highlights the affected facilities, pollutant standards, and compliance dates in NSPS OOOO:

Please click here to view.

EPA also revised its HAP regulations applicable to oil and gas production. Please click here to view the table of a summary of the revisions to those rules, known as Subpart HH.

For a more in-depth description of the final rules, please see the previous Brian Cave alert here.