Editorial: Refining damage mounts

Regulation of US refineries has claimed two new victims. One of them is an Environmental Protection Agency enforcer, the other an operating refinery. There will be other casualties, oil consumers among them.On his way out of the EPA, Eric Schaeffer, director of the Office of Regulatory Enforcement, wrote a letter complaining about efforts to rationalize a Clean Air Act program called New Source Review (NSR). The program, in effect since 1977, imposes permitting controls on fixed sources of air pollution, including refineries. Because of changes in EPA's interpretation of the requirements, refiners now find that nearly any change they make-or have made-to a facility invokes NSR permitt...

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