EPA rule would make some companies report GHG emissions

  • 10-Mar-2009 04:15 EDT

Companies that emit more than 25,000 t of greenhouse gases (GHG) annually from their facilities would be required to report how much of each type they emit under a proposed rule announced March 10 by the EPA. The rule would not set GHG emissions limits. About 13,000 facilities in a wide variety of industries would fall under the reporting mandate; those facilities account for 85 to 90% of total GHG emissions in the U.S. The vast majority of small businesses would fall outside the mandate. The EPA estimates that about 4500 passenger vehicles, in typical operation, generate about 25,000 t of GHG in a year. The first annual report would be due in 2011 for the previous calendar year—except for vehicle and engine manufacturers, which would begin reporting for MY2011. Private-sector compliance costs are estimated at $160 million in the first year of reporting. The EPA will hold hearings on the proposed rule April 6 and 7 in Washington, DC, and April 16 in Sacramento. The agency is seeking comments on the proposal but had not set a deadline, as of March 10, for them.

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