EPA finalizes good neighbor rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its final rule June 5 on the Federal “Good Neighbor Plan” as it relates to the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Many industries in 23 states were dinged by the rule, which goes into effect in August. It aims to reduce interstate transportation of air pollutants that could leave states “downwind” unable to reach their goals in avoiding non-attainment status when it comes to air quality ozone levels.

Thankfully, gas gathering pipelines and boosting operations were not included among the affected industries. GPA Midstream Association filed comments on the matter in the earlier stages, successfully making the case for being excluded. Unfortunately, gas transmission lines are still in the mix in dealing with new compliance issues under the rule.

A big thank you goes out to the GPA Midstream Environmental Committee for all their efforts.