EPA urged to drop air rule for small fuel distributors ahead of deadline

Source: By Inside EPA • Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2023


A group of 84 lawmakers — 82 Republicans, two Democrats — is urging EPA to drop its plans to require tougher air emissions controls on small bulk gasoline distributors ahead of the agency’s June 1 deadline to finalize the rule, arguing that the high costs of compliance would be infeasible, threatening fuel supplies to some users.

In a May 22 letter to EPA Administrators Michael Regan, the lawmakers call for the agency not to impose “vapor balance” controls on small gasoline bulk storage plants under its proposed revision of national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP). The small facilities deliver fuel to entities such as state and local governments, farmers, ranchers and first responders, the lawmakers write. “The compliance costs associated with the proposed NESHAP . . . would make the intermediate storage of gasoline at, and its distribution from these bulk plants unworkable,” the letter says.