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Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)

Rule Summary

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 3, 2018 - EPA proposed to extend the compliance dates finalized in July 13, 2016, for maintenance vent standards that apply during periods of startup, shutdown, maintenance or inspection for sources constructed or reconstructed on or before June 30, 2014. The compliance date would change from August 1, 2017 to January 30, 2019. This proposed compliance date extension would provide petroleum refinery owners and operators with an additional 18 months to achieve compliance.

Rule History

7/3/2018 - Petroleum Refinery Sector Amendments - Proposed Compliance Extension

3/19/2018 - Proposed Amendments

11/3/2016 - Notice of Public Hearing and Comment Extension for the Proposed Reconsideration

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)

Additional Resources

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet - EPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants and New Source Performance Standards for the Petroleum Refinery Sector: Compliance Extension July 2018

Fact Sheet - Petroleum Refinery Sector Proposed Amendments March 2018

Fact Sheet - Petroleum Refinery Sector Amendments July 2016

Final Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Fact Sheets

Hoja informativa: Normas finales de desempeño para fuentes nuevas y revisión de tecnología y riesgos del sector de refinería de petróleo-descripción general

Revisión de tecnología y riesgos: refinerías de petróleo - Hoja informativa para las comunidades

Normas finales de desempeño para fuentes nuevas y revisión de tecnología y riesgos del sector de refinería de petróleo-resumen de cambios

Webinar Slides

Slides for Petroleum Refinery Fenceline Monitoring Data (June 2016)

Webinar Slides for Community Groups - Final Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards

Webinar Slides for State/Local and Tribal Air Agencies - Final Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards

Additional Documents

A draft version of the §63.655(h)(8) Fenceline Monitoring Report CEDRI Spreadsheet Template is available for comment.  The Fenceline Monitoring Report will be submitted using EPA’s Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI) after obtaining 12 months of data. All comments/questions for the spreadsheet template should be submitted to the docket (identified by Docket ID No. EPA -HQ-OAR-2010-0682) using the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Final Residual Risk Assessment Report (PDF) (814pp, 15 MB)

Economic Impact Analysis (PDF) (103pp, 861k)

Analysis of Socio-Economic Factors for Populations Living Near Petroleum Refineries – Actual Emissions (PDF) (20pp, 118k)

Analysis of Socio-Economic Factors for Populations Living Near Petroleum Refineries – Post Control Scenario (PDF) (20pp, 118k)

Refinery Information Collection Request Data

Technical Information

Review & Peer Review of “Parameters for Properly Designed and Operated Flares” Documents

Flare Database(4 MB, 2012)  (Excel) Free Microsoft Office Viewers

Emission Estimation – Document and spreadsheet with emission estimation protocols for petroleum refineries

Emission Factor Consent Decree

Related Rules

Petroleum Refineries:  National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (Subpart CC)

Petroleum Refineries (Catlytic Cracking, Catalytic Reforming and Sulfur Recovery Units):  National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (Subpart UUU)

Petroleum Refineries:  New Source Performance Standards (Subparts J & Ja)

Compliance

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.