U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates the amount of renewable fuels refineres must blend into the U.S. transportation fuel supply. Read more


The EPA has proposed updates to the prior administration's national standards for the oil and natural gas industry. Read more


The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have taken the first of two steps to repeal and replace the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) promulgated by the Obama administration in 2015. Read more


U.S. President Donald Trump has tentatively approved a plan to increase the amount of biofuels that oil refiners are required to blend each year to compensate for exemptions handed out to small refiners by the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more


The Trump administration announced repeal of an Obama-era regulation that had expanded pollution protections for waterways such as wetlands and shallow streams. Read more


A modern industrial facility requires a large tract of land ideally located in an area designated for industrial use that has access to an existing transportation matrix for raw materials and products. Read more

Current Issue

The Trump administration will propose rolling back Obama-era limits on emissions of methane at oil and gas operations on Thursday, a government source said, relaxing standards on one of the main pollutants scientists link to climate change. Read more

Plant Management & Operations

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of Ken McQueen as the new Regional Administrator for EPA Region 6. Read more

People Going Places

The main construction phase will soon begin on Shell's Petrochemical complex in Potter Township, PA.


President Trump, Administrator Wheeler, and U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry will tour the soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex. Read more


The waivers from the country’s biofuel laws were fewer than previous year’s and marked an increase in the number of petitions rejected Read more


Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing further amendments to the regulations governing the disposal of coal combustion residuals, commonly known as coal ash. Read more


The head of the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency defended his agency’s expanded use of waivers exempting refineries from the country’s biofuel law during a closed-door meeting with farm state senators last week Read more


EPA stated at the time that increased compliance is the ultimate goal and enforcement-oriented actions are not the only tool to achieve that goal. Read more


Plant owners intend to retire another 17 GW of coal-fired capacity by 2025. Read more

Power Generation

On May 31, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule allowing the year-round sale of motor gasoline blends containing up to 15% fuel ethanol, or E15. Read more


PSSR is one of the 14 elements of the OSHA standard. PSSR was, and is, as important as any of the elements of PSM/RMP/BSSE. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is waiting to receive input from the Department of Energy to process 2018 applications exempting small refineries from U.S. biofuel laws. Read more

Renewable & Biofuel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decide on the seven pending applications for small refinery waivers from the nation’s biofuel laws for the 2017 calendar year in the next week, agency administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Monday. Read more


U.S. environmental regulators quietly changed the way they assess applications from refineries for waivers from the nation’s biofuels law, making it possible for highly profitable plants to secure lucrative exemptions. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing