EPA seeking public comment on enhancing transparency for chemicals and mixtures used in hydraulic fracturing

(Washington, D.C.) –  EPA has announced that it will seek public comment on what information could be reported and disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining this information, including non-regulatory approaches. EPA is also soliciting input on incentives and recognition programs that could support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraulic fracturing. A public process through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) will help inform EPA’s efforts to promote the transparency and safety of unconventional oil and gas activities while strengthening protection of our air, water, land and communities. 

“Today’s announcement represents an important step in increasing the public’s access to information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing activities,” said James Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “EPA looks forward to hearing from the public and stakeholders about public disclosure of chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing, and we will continue working with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to ensure that we complement but not duplicate existing reporting requirements.”

EPA’s ANPR includes a list of questions for stakeholders and the public to consider as they develop their comments. Following the 90-day comment period, the agency will evaluate the submitted comments as it considers appropriate next steps. Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemakings are intended to engage the public and solicit comments and/or information from the public for EPA’s consideration in addressing a particular issue, including information that EPA could consider in developing non-regulatory approaches or a proposed rule .

Read EPA’s ANPR: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/chemtest/pubs/prepub_hf_anpr_14t-0069_2014-05-09.pdf

More information on hydraulic fracturing: http://www2.epa.gov/hydraulicfracturing

2 Comments

  1. Michael Smith

    How about a little transparency from the EPA on how and why they feel they can make up the rules as they go to fit the political agenda of the current Administration. After all the Big Pumba in the White House did declare openly in 07 and 08 that when elected he intended to break the gas and coal industries. So the "Big" question is are they using science or a Ouija board to discover their findings?

  2. Bruce Dehnert

    Michael Smith. Don't misrepresent facts. You look like a fool when you do that. The current rules governing extraction were in place long before President Obama was in office. Being from Riverton, Wyoming you should know that. The drop-off in coal prices and enthusiasm for coal are directly related to other fuel sources coming on line. Pure and simple. Free market forces. And make environmental sense.

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