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Hearing Held In Texas To Address Refinery Rules

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:42pm
EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston neighborhood of Manchester is surrounded by oil refineries and petrochemical plants.

It's part of a 54-mile industrial corridor that includes eight of the world's largest refineries.

Residents will have an opportunity Tuesday in nearby Galena Park to give their opinion on a series of proposed federal rules that include forcing refineries to report emissions of the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

The rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency are part of a consent decree resolving a lawsuit against the EPA by Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project on behalf of communities that abut oil refineries.

The suit argued that the EPA was more than a decade late in reviewing and updating toxic air standards for oil refineries.

The EPA is not expected to take action before 2015.

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