Analysis of U.S. produced water controls -- Are they cost-effective?

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes controls on produced water discharges into US waters through effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs), and general and individual discharge permits. Over the past 20 years, produced water controls have become much stricter, and in some areas, no discharge of produced water is allowed. In setting discharge standards, EPA considers vast amounts of data, makes assumptions regarding which data and what approaches are representative, selects the most appropriate analytical methods, and interprets the analytical results. Despite EPA`s considerable efforts to accurately understand and characterize the economic and environmental impacts of produced water discharges before proposing ... continued below

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Veil, J.A. December 31, 1995.

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  • Veil, J.A. Argonne National Lab., Washington, DC (United States). Water Policy Program

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes controls on produced water discharges into US waters through effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs), and general and individual discharge permits. Over the past 20 years, produced water controls have become much stricter, and in some areas, no discharge of produced water is allowed. In setting discharge standards, EPA considers vast amounts of data, makes assumptions regarding which data and what approaches are representative, selects the most appropriate analytical methods, and interprets the analytical results. Despite EPA`s considerable efforts to accurately understand and characterize the economic and environmental impacts of produced water discharges before proposing and adopting ELGs and issuing permits, current US produced water controls may be overly restrictive and not cost-effective. This paper summarizes several studies that have reviewed in detail EPA`s data, assumptions, and analytical methods for earlier proposed regulations and general permits. These include the offshore oil and gas ELGs, EPA`s Region 6 general permit for coastal waters, and most recently, the proposed ELGs for the coastal oil and gas industry. By substituting different data, using revised assumptions, and reanalyzing data that are equally or more valid, the studies reach alternate conclusions on the cost-effectiveness of current produced water controls.

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OSTI as DE96004775

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  • 2. international petroleum environmental conference: environmental issues and solutions in petroleum exploration, production, and refining, New Orleans, LA (United States), 25-27 Sep 1995

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  • Other: DE96004775
  • Report No.: ANL/EA/CP--85967
  • Report No.: CONF-9509296--1
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • DOI: 10.2172/195634 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 195634
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc664761

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Veil, J.A. Analysis of U.S. produced water controls -- Are they cost-effective?, report, December 31, 1995; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc664761/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.