API: EPA's proposed PM standard update could boost energy costs

07/23/2012
Tougher air-quality standards for particulate matter (PM), also called soot, could trigger higher energy prices, one witness testified July 17 during a field hearing in Philadelphia on the US Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to change the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Howard Feldman, regulatory and scientific affairs director at the American Petroleum Institute, said more stringent PM standards could increase the costs of providing and using energy. In comments released to OGJ before the hearing, Feldman listed no specific cost figures. Refineries and the upstream industry likely would face higher expenses to fulfill the proposed updates in federal clean air re...
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