EPA Delays Proposal for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Petroleum Refineries

November 23, 2011

On Nov. 21, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not meet a December 15, 2011, deadline to issue new regulations under the Clean Air Act limiting greenhouse gas emissions from oil refineries. The deadline was imposed as part of a settlement agreement with several states and environmental groups in December 2010.  The agency says it needs more time to prepare new source performance standards and is in negotiations to set a new deadline. 

This announcement comes after a recent EPA decision to delay the release of its greenhouse gas performance standards for power plants, previously scheduled for September 30 (after a postponement of the original July 26 deadline earlier in the year).