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U.S. EPA Inspector General Reports on Need to Improve Air Emissions Data for Oil and Gas Sector

In a report issued last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) asked the agency to improve its air emissions data for the oil and gas industry.  Specifically, OIG called on EPA to implement a comprehensive strategy for improving air emissions data and prioritizing emission factors for the industry.  EPA agreed with some of these recommendations, but rejected OIG’s directives to ensure that states submit certain data and to develop additional, default calculation guidance for emission factors.