EPA Withdraws Compliance Date Extension for Oil and Gas Extraction Pretreatment Standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is withdrawing the direct final rule EPA issued on September 30, 2016, to extend the implementation date for certain facilities subject to the EPA's final rule establishing pretreatment standards under the Clean Water Act for discharges of pollutants into publicly-owned treatment works from unconventional oil and gas extraction. EPA is withdrawing this direct final rule because received comments that could be construed as adverse. Withdrawal of this direct final rule removes the extension of the compliance date for the subset of facilities identified in the direct final rule. It does not withdraw, or otherwise impact, the underlying final pretreatment standards rule for unconventional oil and gas extraction, which continues to apply to all facilities that meet the definition of "unconventional" in that rule.
Click here for EPA's Federal Register notice of this action.