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EPA to Weigh Updated Flare Pollution Rules in New Agreements (1)

Aug. 9, 2022, 4:19 PMUpdated: Aug. 9, 2022, 7:13 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency will weigh new air toxics standards for industrial flaring that haven’t been updated in decades, according to two agreements filed Tuesday.

Ten environmental groups, led by the Environmental Integrity Project, signed and submitted two consent decrees that aim to settle lawsuits around flaring pollution rules for petrochemical plants and storage tanks. Flaring is a pollution control measure meant to combust compounds in waste gases, but it can negatively affect air quality, mostly in marginalized communities at the fencelines of facilities.

The lawsuits targeted the EPA’s “outdated” requirements for flaring under the the National Emission Standards for ...