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EPA Issues Advisory Concerning Design of Newly Constructed Natural Gas Processing Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued an Interim Chemical Accident Prevention Advisory concerning the design of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) installations at natural gas processing plants.  EPA has found that some existing plants were constructed in accordance with National Fire Protection Association 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code (NFPA 58).  EPA notes in the advisory announcement that NFPA 58 does not apply to natural gas processing plants and that more specific industry standards would apply in determining compliance with the requirements of the risk management provisions of Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act, and the Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions of 40 CFR Part 68.  EPA has suggested that American Petroleum Institute 2510, Design and Construction of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Installations (API 2510) and its companion document API 2510A, Fire Protection Considerations for the Design and Operation of LPG Storage Facilities (API 2510A), are more widely recognized standards for the design of LPG installations at natural gas power plants.  EPA is accepting comments on this interim advisory until July 31, 2014.