Residents: Restrict emissions at oil refineries

Aug 05, 2014 by Emily Schmall

Residents living near oil refineries and environmental activists are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt stricter emissions standards to reduce communities' exposure to a cancer-causing chemical.

About 30 people addressed the federal agency during a hearing in suburban Houston on Tuesday about a proposal that would compel refineries for the first time to monitor and report emissions of to nearby communities.

Tuesday's meeting was the second and final public hearing required as part of a lawsuit filed by Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project on behalf of communities near .

The suit argued that the EPA was more than a decade late in reviewing and updating toxic air standards for refineries.

The federal agency has until April 2015 to issue a final rule.

Explore further: Court orders EPA to adopt new air pollution rule

Related Stories

US justices rap agency, but uphold warming rules

Jun 23, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also ...

EPA sets tougher auto fuel, emissions standards

Mar 03, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced new fuel and emissions standards that should significantly lower the levels of pollutants that cars and trucks spew into the air, the agency said.

US delays decision on Keystone pipeline project

Apr 18, 2014

The United States announced Friday a fresh delay on a final decision regarding a controversial Canada to US oil pipeline, saying more time was needed to carry out a review.

Recommended for you

Climate change: How Brits feel about 'smart' energy

13 hours ago

Reluctance to share data about personal energy use is likely to be a major obstacle when implementing 'smart' technologies designed to monitor use and support energy efficient behaviours, according to new ...

A novel pathway producing dimethylsulphide in bacteria

18 hours ago

A scientific team that includes researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB) has identified a novel pathway producing dimethylsulphide, a volatile organosulfur compound which plays a major role in climate regulation.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.