On January 6, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule that would add Natural Gas Processing (NGP) facilities to the list of industry sectors covered by the reporting requirements of Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), otherwise known as the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).
EPA estimates that a majority of Natural Gas Processing (NGP) facilities meet the TRI employee threshold (10 full-time employees or equivalent) and manufacture, process, or otherwise use TRI listed chemicals such as benzene, xylene, toluene, n-hexane, hydrogen sulfide, and methanol. Historically, most NGP facilities categorized under Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code 1321 and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 211112 were excluded from the list of industry sectors covered under the TRI rules. Certain NGP facilities that engage primarily in sulfur recovery from natural gas were already subject to the TRI reporting rules. EPA is accepting comments on the proposed rule through March 7, 2017. To read more, click below: