EPA to cut field, gas line air emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule to require oil and gas production, and gas transmission and storage, facilities to substantially reduce emissions of several hazardous air pollutants. It said emissions of pollutants in those source categories-such as benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, mixed xylenes, and n-hexane-are about 65,000 megagrams/year. EPA said the proposed rule would cut hazardous air pollutant emissions in the oil and natural gas production source category by 57% and in the gas transmission and storage category by 36%. It plans to hold a Mar. 23 public hearing on the proposed rule. It is being issued under Sec. 112 of the Clean Air Act...

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