Tag: VOC

Oil Refinery

Emergency Stay Ordered on EPA’s New Methane Rules

On September 17, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted an administrative stay on the EPA’s implementation of its rollback of oil and gas methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions limits.

Oil Refinery

EPA’s Controversial O&G Methane Proposal

Seven years after the Obama administration issued major amendments to Clean Air Act (CAA) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) affecting the oil and gas (O&G) sector and 3 years after it issued another set of amendments, the EPA is proposing to rescind substantial parts of both actions. First, the Agency wants to remove O&G storage […]

There’s no Safety Data Sheet for These Six Chemical Exposures

Workers have been trained to rely on chemical labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) for chemical hazard information—and rightly so, most of the time. However, some chemical hazards don’t come neatly packaged and labeled. That doesn’t make them any less dangerous. Yesterday, we looked at the hazards of vehicle exhaust and flammable vapors. Here are […]

Requirements Established for Specialty Coatings

Following its Clean Air Act (CAA) residual risk and technology review (RTR) of its 1995 National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) covering aerospace manufacturing and rework facilities, the EPA is amending NESHAP by establishing requirements for specialty coating operations, which were not previously subject to NESHAP.

Are You Leakproof? 12 Tips for Avoiding Equipment Leak Fines—Part 2

5 Additional Best Practices for LDAR Programs These best management practices for LDAR programs follow up on the 7 we discussed yesterday. Maintain a “Delay of Repair” list. Any component that cannot be repaired during the specified repair interval must be placed on a “Delay of Repair” list to be repaired during the next shutdown […]

Are You Leakproof? 12 Tips for Avoiding Equipment Leak Fines

The Agency has estimated that approximately 70,367 tons per year of VOCs and 9,357 tons per year of HAPs have been emitted from equipment leaks. Many federal regulations under New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) at 40 CFR 60 and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) at 40 CFR 61 and 40 CFR 63 […]

EPA Targets Oil and Gas Industry Methane Emissions

EPA Targets Oil and Gas Industry Methane Emissions Methane is a potent GHG that represents a global warming potential that is more than 25 times greater than that of carbon dioxide. It is also the primary constituent of natural gas, and according to the EPA, almost 30 percent of U.S. methane emissions originate in the […]