The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed a rule requiring a 93% reduction in benzene emissions from U.S. refineries and other plants "due to substantial confusion in industry." It will issue clarifying amendments, and the rule will not take effect until Dec. 1. The National Petroleum Refiners Association said the final rule will be ,'very expensive" for refiners. EPA issued its final benzene waste rules for chemical plants, refineries, coke by-product recovery plants, and commercial treatment, storage, and disposal facilities Mar. 7, 1990. They were due to become effective Mar. 7, 1992, but several industrial...

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