By TENNILLE TRACY
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday
changed its air-pollution standards for certain pieces of refinery equipment, saying the
changes will save oil refiners $80 million a year and provide
greater compliance flexibility.
The amendments focus on air pollution from flares, which are
used to burn off waste gases from the refining process, and process
heaters that heat process fluids.
The EPA undertook an effort to amend the standards,
finalized in 2008, after receiving petitions from outside
groups to review the requirements.
A refining industry group said
Friday's amendments are "certainly more balanced" than the
previous proposal, but that the EPA did not go far enough in
"This final rule will not "dramatically save" but rather
cost the industry significant amounts each year, adding to the
billions already paid by industry," said David Friedman, vice
president for the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
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Editors note: For more specific details on
the changes, visit the EPAs news release by clicking here.