AFPM ’13: AFPM hopeful new EPA leadership to spur permit approvals

24 March 2013 21:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--New leadership at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hopefully will bring about a more positive viewpoint of petrochemicals and spur approval of permits needed to build plants to take advantage of the shale boom, the president of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) said on Sunday.

Several environmental permits have been filed with the EPA for projects such as new ethane crackers and propylene dehydration plants, with many of the filings having languished in the hopper for well more than a year.

“It’s been a problem,” said the AFPM’s Charlie Drevna, who made his comments on the sidelines of the organization’s annual International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

Gina McCarthy, who currently serves as assistant administrator in charge of the EPA’s office of air and radiation, was nominated by President Barack Obama on 4 March to replace outgoing agency director Lisa Jackson.

McCarthy, who received mixed reviews from US energy and chemical interests, is expected to be approved to lead the EPA.

Drevna said he is hopeful that McCarthy will be open to the many ways the petrochemical industry seeks to take advantage of the shale boom in an environmentally conscious manner.

“With a change in the EPA administration, we certainly hope we can work more closely with them,” he said.

The IPC continues through Tuesday.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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