US en­vi­ron­men­tal agency sets stricter emis­sion stan­dards for oil re­finer­ies

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

The U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency an­nounced new rules Tues­day to re­duce toxic air pol­lu­tion from oil re­finer­ies by forc­ing op­er­a­tors to adopt new tech­nol­ogy that bet­ter mon­i­tors and con­trols emis­sions.

The rules will re­quire for the first time that re­finer­ies in­stall air mon­i­tors along “fence lines” where pol­lu­tion en­ters neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The mon­i­tors will mea­sure lev­els of ben­zene and other dan­ger­ous pol­lu­tants. Cor­rec­tive ac­tion will be re­quired if lev­els ex­ceed es­tab­lished lim­its.

EPA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Gina McCarthy said the rules would pro­tect the health of more than 6 mil­lion peo­ple who live within 5 kilo­me­ters (3 miles) of a re­fin­ery. The rules will serve as a kind of “neigh­bor­hood watch for toxic pol­lu­tants” near the na­tion’s 140 petroleum re­finer­ies, some lo­cated near ma­jor cities such as Los An­ge­les, Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.

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