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Quality control comes in many forms For some it is following a specific philosophy such as those developed by Demming or Juran For others it is achieving a specific degree of merit as that established by the Malcolm Baldridge Awards or International Standard Organizations ISO However the petroleum industry as a whole has compromised shifted and remained adaptable to an ever-changing world filled with government regulations and restrictions The negative environmental impact of the petroleum industry is either not understood grossly downplayed or it is blatantly ignored Government agencies have amended and abolished amendments in many of their policies so quickly that establishing best practices is nearly impossible However one thing in the petroleum industry remains the same Safety is a key quality concept that must be adhered to Tosco Corporation made a bad name for itself by ignoring certain safety issues Quality control in the safety department was ineffective and people died because of their neglect Only recently have they outsourced the development of their safety program to DupontIntroduction to Government StandardsThe Department of Energy DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency EPA require an insurmountable amount of data reports testing and auditing to ensure the compliance of all US Oil Companies around the world The most recent concern regarding the petroleum industry is that of methyl tertiary butyl ether MTBEs that are put in our fuelEarly on it was believed that adding MTBEs to fuel would result in cleaner burning gasoline However according to the Ground Water Monitor small amounts seeped into the ground water and caused an unacceptable amount of contamination The conception of MTBEs was in 1967 with the passage of the Clean Air Act This is the primary statute governing air quality in the United States It assigns responsibilities to government and industry to reduce emissions from pollution sources such as automobiles refineries chemical plants and power plants However it seems as though every solution to meet the stringent requirements poses
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