The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) recently stated that it has rejected
Cheniere Energy’s ( LNG Quick Quote LNG - Free Report) appeal to exempt turbines at its two U.S. Gulf Coast liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) export terminals from a hazardous pollution rule. Under the U.S. Clean Air Act, the rule enforces curbs on the emission of known carcinogens like formaldehyde and benzene from stationary combustion turbines.
LNG had earlier asked the Biden-led U.S. administration to exempt it from the limits on the emission of cancer-causing pollutants, arguing that it could force the company to shut operations for an extended period. This would jeopardize the country's efforts to scale up LNG supplies to Europe.
The turndown by the EPA, however, raises questions as to whether the firm will have to cut its exports of the supercooled fuel to set up new pollution control equipment at its units when Europe is relying heavily on the augmented shipments of LNG from the United States to offset slashed Russian imports.
Per the EPA, although it is denying LNG's demand for a special subcategory to comply with the turbines rule, the agency will carry on working with Cheniere and other firms to ensure that they meet the required regulations under the U.S. Clean Air Act.
Sep 5 was the deadline for gas turbine owners and operators to comply with the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, which the Biden government put into effect after an 18-year stay.
Cheniere spokesperson, Eben Burnham-Snyder, stated that the company strongly disagrees with the EPA's decision and that the Houston, TX-based firm will work in tandem with state and federal regulators to develop solutions that ensure compliance.
Cheniere Energy Inc. is primarily engaged in businesses related to LNG through its two business segments — LNG terminal and LNG and natural gas marketing. The company, through its controlling interest in Cheniere Energy Partners L.P., owns and operates the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana – North America’s first large-scale liquefied gas export facility.
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