clean air act http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Small Emission Sources Could Mean Big Pollution, But No One’s Counting http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/small-emission-sources-could-mean-big-pollution-no-one-s-counting <p>Some landowners with oil and gas wells on their property complain about emissions affecting their air quality and health. But though there may be a lot of wells, they’re considered small facilities, so their cumulative effects are never counted up and regulations are more lax than for large emitters. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that that could be a problem since in aggregate, their pollution can be significant.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:15:52 +0000 Irina Zhorov 52773 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Small Emission Sources Could Mean Big Pollution, But No One’s Counting EPA to finalize regional haze plan for WY by Nov. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-finalize-regional-haze-plan-wy-nov <p>The comment period closed Monday on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Regional Haze Plan. The plan seeks to address the issue of air pollution produced by coal fired power plants. Wyoming put together its own regional haze program, but the EPA rejected parts of it, saying it wasn't strong enough, particularly&nbsp;when it came&nbsp;to nitrogen oxide emissions at four plants.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:17:42 +0000 Irina Zhorov 46025 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA to finalize regional haze plan for WY by Nov. EPA fines Sinclair again, for Clean Air Act violations http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-fines-sinclair-again-clean-air-act-violations <p>Once again, Sinclair Oil has agreed to pay a penalty for violating the Clean Air Act at its refinery near Rawlins. The latest fine is for &nbsp;$378,000.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency’s David Cobb says the company didn’t have proper procedures in place to prevent the release of hazardous chemicals, and that chemicals were released on several occasions in the past few years. Cobb says violations like this can be dangerous.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:56:55 +0000 Willow Belden 31311 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA fines Sinclair again, for Clean Air Act violations Kinder Morgan to pay $316,000 for Clean Air Act violations http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/kinder-morgan-pay-316000-clean-air-act-violations <p>The energy company Kinder Morgan is paying a $316,000 penalty for violating Clean Air Act regulations at natural gas plants in Casper and Douglas.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency says the violations centered around improper handling of chemicals. The agency’s David Cobb says the company wasnot adequately testing its equipment and didn’t have proper operating procedures in place to prevent releases of chemicals. He says those violations had the potential to cause problems.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:23:49 +0000 Willow Belden 30384 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Kinder Morgan to pay $316,000 for Clean Air Act violations Sinclair Oil to pay $3.8 million penalty for air pollution http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sinclair-oil-pay-38-million-penalty-air-pollution <p>Sinclair Oil has agreed to pay a fine of $3.8 million and install pollution controls at its refineries in Casper and Rawlins, to settle a lawsuit that the Environmental Protection Agency filed.</p><p>The EPA says the refineries exceeded federal limits on various emissions.</p><p>Sheldon Muller, a lawyer with the EPA, says the Casper refinery will have to install equipment to reduce nitrous oxide emissions by 50 percent, and the Rawlins plant has make changes to its flare gas recovery system, in order to limit sulfur dioxide emissions.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 22:40:47 +0000 Willow Belden 28860 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sinclair Oil to pay $3.8 million penalty for air pollution EPA Announces Air Pollution Regulations For Hydraulic Fracking http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-announces-air-pollution-regulations-hydraulic-fracking <p>This morning, the Environmental Protection Agency&nbsp;released federal standards under the Clean Air Act that will control air pollution from hydraulically fractured natural gas and oil wells.</p><p>This is the first set of federal standards to control air pollution from fracking.</p><p>The&nbsp;regulations aim to decrease air pollution caused by&nbsp;volatile organic compounds and other chemicals&hellip;&nbsp;and&nbsp;will also reduce the amount of methane, which is a greenhouse gas, released into the air.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:41:54 +0000 Irina Zhorov 22771 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA Announces Air Pollution Regulations For Hydraulic Fracking