SBA Environmental Roundtable Meeting

The next U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy Environmental Roundtable will meet to discuss the following topics, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016.  The meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Small Business Administration Headquarters, 409 Third Street SW.  Send RSVP to david.rostker@sba.gov to receive presentation materials in advance.  We have adopted a casual clothes option for all Roundtable meetings.

Draft Agenda

EPA Oil and Natural Gas Air Pollution Standards

  • Updates to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Source Determination Rule

Bruce Moore, Office of Air Quality Planning Standards, Office of Air and Radiation, EPA

 

  • Draft Information Collection Request for Existing Sources

Brenda Shine, Office of Air Quality Planning Standards, Office of Air and Radiation, EPA

 

Roundtable meetings are open to all interested persons, with the exception of the press, in order to facilitate open and frank discussion about the impacts of Federal regulatory activities on small entities.   Agendas and presentations are available to all, including the press.  Anyone who wants to receive roundtable agendas or presentations, or to be included in the distribution list, should forward such requests to kevin.bromberg@sba.gov.  The purpose of these Roundtable meetings is to exchange opinions, facts and information and to obtain the attendees’ individual views and opinions regarding small business concerns.  The meetings are not intended to achieve or communicate any consensus positions of the attendees.

Small Business Environmental Roundtable

Issues for Discussion

June 3, 2016

Oil and Natural Gas Production Air Emission Standards

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued final rules targeting emissions from oil and gas sources, from production to downstream processing: a final rule under section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act setting New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for methane and VOC emissions for new, reconstructed and modified sources; and a rule to clarify EPA’s permitting rules as they apply to this industry.  The NSPS rule, which was the subject of a SBREFA panel, will have a significant economic effect on the firms in this industry, which are predominantly small entities. Information about these rules (including EPA fact sheets and Regulatory Impact Analysis) is available at <https://www3.epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/actions.html>.

In addition, EPA has announced its intent to regulate methane emissions from existing oil and gas production sources under Clean Air Act section 111(d). With the announcement of the final NSPS rule, EPA requested comment on a draft Information Collection that would require oil and natural gas companies to provide extensive information on their operations that will be used to support 111(d) rulemaking. In addition, the agency announced plans to issue a Request for Information to seek information on innovative strategies that can accurately and cost-effectively locate, measure, and mitigate methane emissions.  Information on these requests is available at <https://www3.epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/methane.html>.