Upcoming Public Hearings on EPA Proposed Updates to Refinery Emission Standards

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding two public hearings to give the public an opportunity to provide comment on the Agency's proposed updates to emissions standards for refineries.

EPA's proposal would, for the first time, require monitoring of air concentrations of benzene around the fence line perimeter of refineries to assure that emissions are controlled and these results would be available to the public. The proposal also would require upgraded emission controls for storage tanks, including controls for smaller tanks; performance requirements for flares to ensure that waste gases are properly destroyed; and emissions standards for delayed coking units which are currently a significant unregulated source of toxic air emissions at refineries. When these proposed updates are fully implemented, EPA estimates toxic air emissions, including benzene, toluene, and xylene, would be reduced by 5,600 tons per year. Volatile organic compound emissions would be cut by approximately 52,000 tons per year.

The hearings will be held:

  • July 16, 2014
    Banning's Landing Community Center
    100 E. Water Street
    Wilmington, CA 90744
    You may register to speak the day of the hearing or pre-register with Virginia Hunt by July 11, 2014.

  • August 5, 2014
    Alvin D. Baggett Recreation Building
    1302 Keene Street
    Galena Park, TX 77547
    You may register to speak the day of the hearing or pre-register with Virginia Hunt by August 1, 2014.

The hearings will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. (local time), with a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and a dinner break from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If you are interested in speaking at either of the hearings, we encourage you to pre-register with Virginia Hunt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 919-541-0382.