EPA AIMS TO CUT OFFSHORE PLATFORM DISCHARGES

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to sharply reduce U.S. offshore platforms' discharges into the ocean. The rules will require more treatment of waste discharges from new and existing platforms. EPA estimates the changes will cost industry about $80 million/year and prevent release of about 14 million lb/year of pollutants into the ocean, including about 1.4 million lb/year of toxic substances.

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