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Why have emissions from oil refineries significantly decreased?

Why have emissions from oil refineries significantly decreased?

Benzene emissions from U.S. oil refineries have dropped due to stringent federal oversight and regulations implemented in 2015.

Maxine Joselow reports for The Washington Post.

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Cancer-causing benzene levels were cut in half at US refineries in 2023: Report

Texas refineries, however, still have some work to do.

HOUSTON — The number of U.S. oil refineries exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level for benzene in 2023 was cut in half compared to 2020, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project.
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A Texas community is being bombarded by cancer-causing benzene. State officials have known for nearly two decades.

In 2005, Texas regulators documented startling amounts of benzene in a community outside Houston. Instead of solving the problem, they allowed a known benzene polluter to expand — a decision scientists worry could haunt residents for years to come.
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