Weekly Focus

Refinery Benzene Levels Trend Down, Boosting Case For Fenceline Monitors

May 30, 2024
A recent report finding declining benzene levels detected at refineries’ fencelines appears to boost the case for such monitoring as a method to reduce emissions across multiple sectors, with EPA setting such mandates in rules limiting emissions from the organic chemicals, integrated steelmaking and coke ovens sectors. The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) in a May 16 analysis found that fewer refineries are reporting levels of benzene that exceed EPA’s “action level” requiring remedial action than in prior years, pointing to...

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