EPA Issues Proposed Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule


After several months' delay and a change in administrations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") has issued a proposed rule that would require major emitters to collect data on the amount of their greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions starting January 2010 and report starting January 2011. In what is the first significant climate change regulatory step by the new president, the proposed rule would apply to approximately 13,000 large industrial sources around the country that emit more than 25,000 metric tons of GHGs.

The rule would require measuring and reporting of GHG emissions, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and various fluorinated gases. The facilities covered by the proposed rule include electricity generators; electronics manufacturers; petroleum refineries; chemical producers; cement, glass and pulp and paper plants; landfills; large animal feeding operations; and motor vehicle and engine manufacturers. Together these facilities account for nearly 90 percent of the total U.S. GHG output.

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