Group warns of refinery emissions

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2022

A dozen U.S. oil refineries in 2021 emitted the carcinogen benzene at rates exceeding EPA’s “action level” of 9 micrograms, according to a report from Environmental Integrity Project based on fenceline monitoring.

Refinery owners may have already acted to correct high emissions from last year, but EIP Executive Director Eric Schaeffer says that’s not enough. “EPA and the oil refining industry really need to do more to crack down … because the fenceline concentrations at too many refineries are high enough to pose a potential threat to neighborhoods that are close by.”