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EPA’s final refinery emission rule confirms industry’s progress on environmental protection

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WASHINGTON, November 8, 2018 – Today the American Petroleum Institute released the following statement regarding EPA’s final rule on refinery emissions regulations. The agency’s analyses and years of review confirm that refineries are operating at safe air emissions levels to protect public health. 

“Industry is focused on the safe operation of our refineries, the health and safety of our workers and protecting the communities and the environment we work in,” said Senior Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman.

“EPA’s practical clarification to the language of the refinery rule’s regulatory requirements is a positive step that supports our shared goal of protecting public health, while enhancing investments in cleaner fuels that will reduce our environmental footprint.

“Communities across the country continue to benefit from the responsible development and use of America’s natural gas and oil. Through the development of cleaner transportation fuels and lower emissions at our facilities, our industry is contributing to cleaner air – including helping the U.S. reduce ozone concentrations by 17 percent since 2000.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans.