EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

The final rule was signed by the Administrator on September 22, 2009. On October 30, 2009, the  final rule was published in the Federal Register (www.regulations.gov) under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0508-2278.  The rule went into effect December 29, 2009.

Under this new rule,  suppliers of fossil fuels or industrial greenhouse gases, manufacturers of vehicles and engines, and facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more per year of GHG emissions are required to submit annual reports to EPA. The gases covered by the proposed rule are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and other fluorinated gases including nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and hydrofluorinated ethers (HFE).

Facilities need to start collect data on January 1, 2010 and the first emission report is due March 31, 2011. There are special provisions in 40 CFR 98 for some companies in 2010.

The complete regulation (all 261 pages of it) can be downloaded here. A much shorter version (press release) is here.


One response to “EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

  1. Thanks for bringing this to attention of the public. With all the bad rap the Obama administration is getting, it’s good to highlight some of the really good things that are going on at EPA.

    This is also the first year that EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data was released during the year it was received. See below:

    12/13/09: This is the first year in TRI’s over 20 year history that the data has been released during the same year that it was collected. Over the last few days, since the 8th, we have been working hard to bring all the relevant data, documents and information about the TRI National Analysis (formerly the TRI Public Data Release) together on these pages. At present, we have both the basis and basic-plus data available for download. We have also created state fact sheets in PDF format. We are working on ArcGIS shapefiles and plan on having them available by mid-week. We will also be adding relevant documentation and Google Earth and Google Map KML and KMZ data files.


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