"Biden Admin Tackles Cancer-Causing Air Pollution"

"The EPA rule targets petrochemical plants clustered in areas like Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley.”"

"The Biden administration is reining in releases of cancer-causing compounds and other hazardous pollutants in a crackdown that targets petrochemical plants clustered in areas like Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley.”

Under a final package of regulations unveiled Tuesday morning over stiff industry opposition, almost 220 plants that make synthetic organic chemicals and other products will face more stringent curbs on emissions of ethylene oxide, a potent carcinogen, and other air toxics. The rule is expected to ultimately cut those releases by more than 6,000 tons annually.

The plants will also have to implement fence-line monitoring to track airborne concentrations around their operations.

The package “delivers on EPA’s commitment to protecting public health for all, especially communities historically overburdened by pollution,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan told reporters on a call Monday afternoon previewing the new rules. The rule also seeks to account for a 2016 finding that ethylene oxide was much more dangerous than previously thought."

Sean Reilly reports for E&E News April 9, 2024.


"US EPA Sets Final Rule On Cutting Chemical Plant Pollution" (Reuters)

"EPA Limits Toxic Air Pollution From Chemical Plants" (Washington Post)

"New EPA Rule Says 218 Us Chemical Plants Must Reduce Toxic Emissions That Are Likely To Cause Cancer" (AP)

Source: E&E News, 04/10/2024