EPA Proposed Hazardous Air Pollutant Emission Standards May Extend To Gasoline Bulk Plants, Loading Racks, Cargo Tank Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing amendments to the emissions standards for hazardous air pollution for gasoline distribution facilities.

The EPA is proposing to revise National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requirements for storage tanks, loading operations, cargo tanks and equipment leaks to reflect cost-effective developments in practices, process, or controls.

The EPA is also proposing New Source Performance Standards to reflect best system of emissions reduction for loading operations and equipment leaks.

The EPA has not previously included small gasoline bulk plants, loading racks and cargo tank vehicles in NESHAP standards. However, there are indications that this equipment may become regulated for the first time under the EPA’s proposed rule.

EMA is examining the 120-page proposed rule to determine if downstream gasoline distributing facilities and cargo tank vehicles could be regulated under NESHAP. If so, this could raise gas prices and put small businesses in a precarious situation.

More details to come and again this is just a proposed rule so EMA will have time to comment and meet with Biden Administration officials to ensure small businesses are not impacted.

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