Hundreds of rubber industry chemicals and plastics resin plants are facing much tougher rules for fenceline emissions under an April 6 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal that's drawing concerns from industry groups and praise from environmentalists.
The major update of federal emissions rules would require factories to cut discharges for about 80 chemicals and require, for the first time, fenceline emission monitoring for six chemicals, including chloroprene,1,3-butadiene and benzene.
It would also remove the general exemptions the plants currently have from emissions control rules in so-called startup, shutdown or malfunction events like hurricanes.
At a news conference in front of a Denka Performance Elastomers L.L.C. chemical plant in La Place, La.—and with cows grazing in a field in front of the facility—EPA Administrator Michael Regan linked the proposal to his November 2021 environmental justice tour of communities around chemical plants.