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Web Date: April 19, 2012

EPA Issues Fracking Rules

Air Pollution: Regulation puts off tough air emissions controls until 2015
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, EPA, air pollution

For the first time, air pollution from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, by natural gas drilling operations will be controlled under a final regulation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency on April 18.

The regulation will require fracking operations to install equipment by January 2015 that will reduce emissions of ozone-producing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants, such as benzene and hexane. A side benefit will . . .

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