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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting is Coming...EPA Gets Ready

EPA released a draft rule for mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting on March 10, 2009.

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EPA Releases Draft Mandatory GHG Emissions Reporting Rule

The US EPA's draft rule for mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting means that the EPA has taken a first step towards mandatory reporting of GHG emissions. This proposes the first comprehensive national system for reporting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced by major sources in the United States.

As proposed, the EPA draft rule would place new mandatory reporting requirements on major source facilities operating in the US to report their GHG emissions. Greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, are produced by the burning of fossil fuels and through industrial and biological processes.

Approximately 13,000 facilities, accounting for about 85%t to 90% of greenhouse gases emitted in the United States, would be covered under the proposal.

The first annual report would be submitted to EPA in 2011 for the calendar year 2010, except for vehicle and engine manufacturers, which would begin reporting for model year 2011.

The new requirements would apply to suppliers of fossil fuel and industrial chemicals, manufacturers of motor vehicles and engines, as well as large direct emitters of GHGs with direct emissions equal to or greater than a threshold of 25,000 metric tons of CO2e per year. Other sources covered under the rule include: cement production, iron and steel production, and electricity generation, among others.

EPA is developing this rule under the authority of the Clean Air Act. The proposed rule will be open for public comment for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Two public hearings will be held during the comment period.

More information on the proposed rule: GHG Climate Change Rule.

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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