With every New Year comes new, clean air initiatives and technologies.
In our case, these new initiatives and clean air technologies mean a more successful year as an organization, and industry. But our efforts don’t stop at new technologies, there’s much, much more to be done on our part. Together, we must continue to make strides toward limiting emissions and creating more flexible and sound clean air policies.
As leaders in the air pollution control sector, we’ll look back at 2014 as a time filled with control and monitoring system development while looking forward to a fresh start and a new year of innovative technological evolution. Here’s what we can expect for 2015:
- Carbon Pollution Rule
While the EPA prepares its final rules on carbon pollution, we look forward to “mid-summer” updates on regulations covering new, existing and modified power plants. These new regulations help lay the foundation for Obama's Climate Action Plan and will help set emissions limits for power plants across the nation.
- Methane Reduction Plan
A methane reduction plan is in the works, including direct regulations on emissions wells from new oil and natural gas. As a critical component of President Obama’s goal to reduce emissions by as much as 45 percent by 2025, the EPA has noted the possibility of directly regulating methane emissions from existing oil and gas wells in the future.
- New National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
Proposed by the EPA, a new ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) may be in the pipeline for us, featuring between 65 parts per billion and 70 ppb. But that’s not all, the EPA will take comments on the current standard of 75 ppb, or lowering the standard to 60 ppb. The final rule is expected by early October.
While these are just a few of the many initiatives for 2015 put forth to help lead the efforts to improve air quality, this year’s regulatory agenda will play an integral role in the progression of our monitoring and control systems for years to come.
Check back here for updates to keep up with the latest movements on industry regulations. Learn how to get involved in the discussion and join our efforts as we work for a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.