Are Washington State Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rules About to Change?


The Washington Department of Ecology (”Ecology”) is asking for changes to the state law that directs the agency to issue rules for reporting greenhouse gas emissions starting January 1, 2010. Ecology’s goal is, at least in part, to ensure that the State’s greenhouse gas reporting requirements are in line with the federal government’s.

The state law passed in 2008 was quite specific about reporting thresholds and scope, for example, requiring that owners of motor vehicle fleets report their carbon emissions. Consequently, the reach of Washington’s mandate was broader than other states with reporting rules, such as California and Oregon. To meet the rulemaking deadline, Ecology in October 2009 proposed greenhouse gas reporting rules that included requirements for reporting by motor vehicle fleet owners and an industrial facility reporting threshold of 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions (”CO2e”).

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