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EPA Updates Oil and Gas Standards for Storage Tanks

August 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – On August 5, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued updates to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks, which allow responsible oil and natural gas production, while ensuring air emissions are reduced as quickly as possible.

The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first, and will provide the time needed to ramp up the production and installation of controls.

EPA is making the changes based on information received after the 2012 standards were issued that shows more storage tanks will come online than the agency originally estimated. Storage tanks that emit 6 or more tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) a year must reduce emissions by 95 percent.

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