"EPA Forces Natural Gas Plants To Make Pollution Data Public"

"For the first time, hundreds of natural gas processing plants will have to publicly report emissions of benzene and other hazardous air pollutants.

Under a new rule, the facilities would have to report emissions to EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory. The TRI, created by Congress in 1986, is intended to let communities know the types of hazardous pollutants that nearby businesses are discharging. By casting more light on those releases, it’s often credited with increasing public pressure on individual companies to cut them.

The requirement, which follows a regulatory battle launched nine years ago, was intensely opposed by industry. It will take effect next year, with the first reports due in July 2023, according to the final rule set for publication in tomorrow’s Federal Register.

The minimum estimated compliance costs to industry will amount to at least $11.8 million in the first year, and $5.6 million thereafter, according to EPA."

Sean Reilly reports for E&E News November 23, 2021.

Source: E&E News, 11/24/2021