Risk assessment finds gas distribution standards protect public health

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 11, 2005 — With recent risk analysis showing that current gasoline distribution industry air toxics standards protect public health, EPA is proposing that further controls on the industry are not warranted. EPA’s 1994 air toxics standards for the gas distribution industry limit emissions at terminals where gasoline is loaded into trucks for delivery to gas stations.

These standards reduce toxic emissions by 2,300 tons annually. After these facilities implemented the standards, EPA analyzed their remaining air emissions to determine whether they pose a risk to human health or the environment. The analysis showed a low risk from gasoline distribution facilities. The proposal announces EPA’s decision to retain the existing standards and requests public comments on the residual risk assessment and technology review.

EPA will take comment on the proposal for 60 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register. For more information on this action, visit: www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/t3/fact_sheets/gasdistfs.html.


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