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New NESHAP Rules for Petroleum Refineries Now Final

Posted on 7/13/2016 by Roger Marks

In today’s Federal Register, US EPA posted a Final Rule that changes the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, or NESHAP, for petroleum refineries.

In addition to finalizing the technical corrections and clarifications to the NESHAP and the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for petroleum refineries proposed in February, the new rule will extend certain compliance deadlines.

For sources of HAPs constructed or reconstructed on or before June 30, 2014, today’s Final Rule adjusts the deadline for:

  • MACT 1 regulatory requirements that apply at maintenance vents during startup, shutdown, maintenance, or inspection; and
  • MACT 2 regulatory requirements that apply during startup, shutdown, or hot standby for fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCU) and startup/shutdown for sulfur recovery units (SRU). 
The finalized deadline for compliance with these MACT 1 and MACT 2 standards is August 1, 2017.

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Other Changes to NESHAPs Regulations for Petroleum Refineries

Other changes covered in this EPA Rule include:
  • Clarification of the reporting and recordkeeping requirements for fenceline monitoring;
  • Expansion of the list of exceptions for equipment leak requirements;
  • An update to siting requirements for passive monitors near known sources of VOCs (volatile organic compounds);
  • Updates to regulatory terms to boost clarity;
  • Grammatical and typographical corrections; and more.

See the full Final Rule in the Federal Register here.

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