Tougher Requirements For Excavators Likely In 2013

Annual Regulatory Outlook
By Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor | February 2013, Vol. 68 No. 2

The American Petroleum Institute doesn't think pipeline leaks are any more dangerous, in terms of indoor air contamination, than leaks from USTs. The API thinks the EPA should simply produce one guidance document. Bruce Bauman, research program coordinator, soil/groundwater, at the American Petroleum Institute (API), says, "Aerobic biodegradation of petroleum compounds is likely to be significant at many petroleum release sites where the source is something other than a leaking UST, for example, pipelines, above-ground storage tanks, refinery operations. It would be inappropriate to utilize guidance that doesn't recognize this important attenuation mechanism for these sites."