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EPA issues final rule on air toxics from gasoline distribution facilities

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final amendments to the Gasoline Distribution National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), including both major and area source categories. In addition, EPA issued final updates to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Bulk Gasoline Terminals. Gasoline distribution facilities include storage tanks, loading operations and equipment leaks.

These rules, which exclude gasoline stations, are expected to reduce emissions of air toxics, including benzene, hexane, toluene, and xylene, by 2,220 tons per year, and emissions of volatile organic compounds by 45,400 tons per year.

People exposed to toxic air pollutants may have an increased chance of getting cancer or experiencing other serious health effects within their lifetimes. These health effects can include damage to the immune system, as well as neurological, reproductive, developmental, respiratory and other health problems. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can have short- and long-term adverse health effects, and evaporated VOCs can react in the atmosphere to produce secondary pollutants, including ozone and secondary organic aerosol, a contributor to fine particles, or soot.

The air toxics emitted by Gasoline Distribution sources are benzene, hexane, toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, 2,2,4-trimethylpentane, cumene and napthalene.

This action will require gasoline distribution facilities to adopt cost-effective practices and control technologies to reduce emissions from storage tanks, loading operations, and equipment leaks. EPA is also finalizing New Source Performance Standards for Bulk Gasoline Terminals to reflect the best system of emissions reduction for loading operations and equipment leaks.

Because the rules will reduce air emissions, such as leaks at these facilities, EPA projects that some of these reductions will result in annualized cost savings.

The final action includes revisions related to emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction; monitoring and operating provisions for control devices; and electronic reporting.



Think of how great electric vehicles and hydrogen vehicles making hydrogen at point of use there will be no more oil tankers spewing oil in the ocean no more refineries spewing pollution in the air no more dangerous tanker trucks rolling down the roads no more contaminating the soil with leaking gasoline storage tanks in the ground, absolutely wonderful benefits of doing away with fossil fuels


Our fossil fuel economy will be a tragic legacy for centuries to come, assuming multicellular life survives on Earth. But electric power and hydrogen don't grow on trees. Can we transition to alternative energy without the cost and pollution that is nuclear power? If we can envision it, we can build our future.


We have enough spent fuel rods for fast neutron reactors to provide power for the next 200 years, with no long-term radioactive waste. All we have to do is decommissioned the light water reactors and build fast neutron reactors, simple as that.

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