U.S. shutdown may delay permitting for planned ethane crackers

10/1/2013 | ICIS News (U.K.)

The federal government shutdown might delay the Environmental Protection Agency's processing of air permits for various U.S. petrochemical projects. The agency is operating with 872 essential staff, or just 5.4% of its total staff, according to the Contingency Plan for Shutdown released by the EPA. Among the firms with active applications for ethane crackers are Dow Chemical, Occidental Chemical/Mexichem, ExxonMobil Chemical, Formosa Plastics and Sasol.

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