US Administration Updates Offshore AQ Rules

The U.S. Administration has updated air-quality regulations for offshore drilling in sections of the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of the North Slope Borough of Alaska.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released a final rule on May 14 that updates air pollution controls for most offshore oil and gas operations, without extensive changes proposed by the previous administration.

The final rule makes a few changes in specifications, such as replacing the old standard for total suspended particulate matter (PM) with the PM2.5 and PM10 standards of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It also revises a table of ‘significance levels’ used to determine the limits placed on emission levels.

EPA has jurisdiction over air quality in all other parts of the Outer Continental Shelf. The changes were supported by the American Petroleum Institute.

Find the rules here.

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