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Controlling Air Pollution from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

2016 Control Techniques Guidelines for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

Oct. 20, 2016 - EPA has issued final Control Techniques Guidelines for reducing smog-forming volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from existing oil and natural gas equipment and processes in certain states and areas with smog problems. CTGs are not regulations and do not impose legal requirements directly on pollution sources; rather, they provide recommendations for state and local air agencies to consider as they determine what emissions limits to apply to covered sources in their jurisdictions in order to meet RACT requirements.

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Controlling Air Pollution from Oil and Natural Gas Production