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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a regulation to require reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy. The rule would apply to industrial gas and fossil fuel suppliers as well as direct greenhouse gas emitters. The proposed rule does not require control of greenhouse gases, rather it requires only that sources above certain threshold levels monitor and report emissions.
New Emissions Reporting- 4/14/2009
The proposed rule would require reporting of annual emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorochemicals (PFCs) and other fluorinated gases (e.g., nitrogen trifluoride and hydrofluorinated ethers (HFEs)). The proposed rule would apply to certain downstream facilities that emit greenhouse gases (primarily large facilities emitting 25,000 tons per year of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions or more) and to upstream suppliers of fossil fuels and industrial greenhouse gases, as well as to manufacturers of vehicles and engines.
Comments on the proposed regulation will be accepted until June 9, 2009. Read more in the Federal Register.