EPA ISSUES CLARIFICATION ON RULE GOVERNING BENZENE EMISSIONS

The Environmental Protection Agency has clarified its benzene emissions rule for refineries and other plants in the U.S. The rule, which has been expected for almost a year (OGJ, Mar. 2, 1992, p. 25), was effective Jan. 7, the day it was published in the Federal Register. Plants are required to comply with the rule within 90 days. The National Petroleum Refiners Association said the rule will cost the refining industry $2-3 billion, a figure that does not include the petrochemical industry.

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