Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)
In December 2015, the EPA issued a final rule that will further control toxic air emissions from petroleum refineries and provide important information about refinery emissions to the public and neighboring communities. This rule will virtually eliminate smoking flare emissions and upset emission events, and will require refineries to monitor emissions at key emission sources within their facilities and around their fencelines. When fully implemented in 2018, this rule will result in a reduction of 5,200 tons per year of toxic air pollutants, and 50,000 tons per year of volatile organic compounds (VOC).
July 1, 2016 - the EPA finalized a rule to give petroleum refineries an additional 18 months to comply with a small subset of the December 2015 standards that apply during startup, shutdown and maintenance events.
10/18/2016 - Proposed Reconsideration (PDF)
07/13/2016 - Final Amendments (PDF)
02/09/2016 - Proposed Amendments (PDF)
12/01/2015 - Final Rule (PDF)
06/30/2014 - Proposed Rule (PDF)
Final Residual Risk Assessment Report (PDF) (814pp, 15 MB)
Economic Impact Analysis (PDF) (103pp, 861k)
Emission Estimation – Document and spreadsheet with emission estimation protocols for petroleum refineries
December 2015 Refinery Sector Rule: Response Letters with Q&A
Applicability Determination Index (ADI). The ADI is maintained by EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) and provides a data base of memoranda dealing with applicability issues. The database is searchable by Subpart.