LP Gas and Hydrocarbon Issues


 

On 11/29/99 Governor Foster signed into law Act 839 which removes users of LP Gases who are permitted through the Louisiana Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission from DEQ's Chemical Accident Prevention Program. This means that DEQ does not regulate them and they will not pay fees to DEQ for this program. Users of LPG in an agricultural process are also exempted.

Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act (Public Law No. 106-40) was signed into law on 8/5/99 and states that flammable fuels used as fuel at the facility or held for sale as fuel at a retail facility are not covered by the RMP program. However, flammable fuels used as a feedstock or held for sale as fuel at a wholesale facility are still covered. A retail facility is a facility at which more than one-half of the income is obtained from direct sales to end users or at which more than one-half of the fuel sold, by volume, is sold through a cylinder exchange program. See EPA's F.A.Q.'s on this law.

EPA and the National Propane Gas Association plan to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit which prompted the judicial stay on RMP submittal. On April 27,1999 the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted a stay which put on hold the June 21, 1999 RMP submittal deadline for users of propane. This was in response to the Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act (Public Law No. 106-40).

EPA provided a comprehensive RMP guidance for larger propane storage or distribution facilities.  This guidance assumes that propane is the only regulated substance stored at the facility.  It includes information to help determine if propane storage containers have to be considered "co-located".   EPA RMP Guidance document for propane. (PDF)

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