EPA Issues Stay on NSPS OOOOa Compliance Provisions



On April 18, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt responded to the American Petroleum Institute, the Texas Oil and Gas Association, GPA Midstream Association, and other independent oil and gas associations, granting a stay in response to their request regarding provisions found in New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Subpart OOOOa for sources located in the oil and natural gas source category. EPA states that at least one objection to the fugitive emission monitoring requirements for well sites and compressor stations was raised after the comment period or was impracticable to raise during the comment period. EPA cites the stay under the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 307(d)(7)(B) and section 705 of the Administrative Procedure Act. This stay will impact the June 3, 2017 deadline for initial LDAR compliance for well sites and compressor stations, moving the initial compliance deadline to September 1, 2017.