Watching Government: More uncertainty for refiners

US refiners who already have to deal with fluctuating crude oil prices and falling gasoline demand face additional regulatory uncertainty because of an Aug. 2 federal court settlement the US Environmental Protection Agency reached with some environmental groups. EPA did not comment on the matter. OGJ obtained a copy of the settlement elsewhere. The Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice sued EPA on Sept. 27, 2012, on behalf of seven Texas, California, and Louisiana community organizations for not meeting a requirement under the federal Clean Air Act's Section 112. The provision requires that the agency either promulgate stricter emissions limits for refineries' catalytic crackin...

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