29 Sep '15, 6pm

Community and Environmental Groups Herald Improvements in New Oil Refinery Pollution Standards

Community and Environmental Groups Herald Improvements in New Oil Refinery Pollution Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released new air standards , tightening restrictions on the pollution oil refineries can emit, reducing the health risks millions of Americans face from breathing toxic air. The new rule establishes first-ever national “fenceline” monitoring requirements that direct refineries to install air monitors “on the fence” where pollution leaves oil refinery property and pours into neighboring communities. The monitors will measure the dangerous pollutant, benzene, and if benzene is too high, refineries will be required to take action to reduce their emissions. Some 150 petroleum refineries nationwide spew out more than 20,000 tons of hazardous air pollutants each year, including chemicals linked to cancer such as benzene and toluene. According to the EPA, the new rule reduces cancer risk and the threats of other health hazards signif...

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