EPA proposes two-year stay of portions of oil and gas 2016 New Source Performance Standards.

June 30, 2017

On June 13, 2017 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is taking steps to ensure portions of the agency’s 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas industry do not take effect while the agency works through the reconsideration process.United States Environmental Protection Agency

The agency is proposing a two-year stay of the fugitive emissions, pneumatic pump and professional engineer certification requirements in the rule while the agency reconsiders issues associated with these requirements.

Under the proposal, sources would not need to comply with these requirements while the stay is in effect. Since issuing the final rule, EPA has received several petitions to reconsider certain aspects of the rule.

Earlier this month, EPA used its Clean Air Act authority to issue a 90-day administrative stay of these requirements. To ensure there is no gap in the stay between the 90-day stay and the proposed two-year stay if finalized, EPA also is proposing a three-month stay.

EPA will take comment on both of the proposed stays for 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register. Additional information on the proposed stays and reconsideration is available at EPA’s controlling air pollution from the oil and natural gas industry Web page.

What this means to you
EPA is proposing a two-year stay of the fugitive emissions, pneumatic pump and professional engineer certification requirements in the 2016 NSPS for the oil and gas industry rule while the agency reconsiders issues associated with these requirements.

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