E.P.A. publishes proposed rule on Greenhouse gases

by Bryan Salvage
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WASHINGTON — Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed rule on mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases (G.H.G.), the American Meat Institute announced.  This proposal would be the first comprehensive national system for reporting emissions of carbon dioxide and other G.H.G. produced by major sources in the U.S. 

Lisa Jackson, E.P.A. administrator, said last month "through this new reporting, we will have comprehensive and accurate data about the production of greenhouse gases. This is a critical step toward helping us better protect our health and environment — all without placing an onerous burden on our nation’s small businesses."

The new reporting requirements would apply to suppliers of fossil fuel and industrial chemicals, manufacturers of motor vehicles and engines, as well as direct emitters of G.H.G. with emissions equal to or greater than 25,000 metric tons per year. Most small businesses would not be required to report their emissions because their emissions fall well below the threshold.

The first annual report would be submitted to E.P.A. in 2011 for the calendar year 2010. The exception would be for vehicle and engine manufacturers, who would not begin reporting until 2011. Complying with the requirements will cost the private sector $160 million in the first year and $127 million in subsequent years, according to estimates.

For more information on the proposed rule, visit http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html. The Federal Register listing of the rule can be found at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-5711.pdf.

A.M.I. plans to file comments on this rule, which are due by June 9.  Two public hearings will be held during the comment period.  

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