Produced-water VOC, HAP emissions concern Rocky Mountain regulators

Increasing volatile organic compound and hazardous air pollutant emissions from a growing number of private and commercial produced-water surface disposal facilities, using evaporation ponds, are raising regulatory and public concerns in the Western US. Various studies have identified VOC emissions as contributors to ground-level ozone formation.Currently the US Environmental Protection Agency regulates VOC under the Clean Air Act (CAA).VOC and HAP emission odors and vapors may raise health concerns for operators and the public, especially near populated areas.Increasing urbanization and more stringent state and federal regulations aimed at protecting human health and the environment from...

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