Today, Friday, June 3, 2016, EPA published in the Federal Register the final rule setting New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) regulating methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry.

EPA also published a notice soliciting public comments on its proposed information collection request for existing oil and natural gas facilities. This marks the first step in developing methane standards for existing sources.

The publication of the final NSPS starts the 60-day clock for seeking judicial review. Petitions for review must be filed with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by August 2, 2016.  Comments on the proposed information collection request are also due to EPA by August 2, 2016. A copy of the final rule is available here. A copy of the notice soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request is available here.