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EPA Proposes Additional GHG Reporting

Posted on March 23, 2010

The U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to include additional emissions sources in its first national mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting system. The EPA said the data from these sectors will provide a better understanding of where GHGs are coming from and will help the agency and businesses develop effective policies and programs to reduce emissions.

“Gathering this information is the first step toward reducing greenhouse emissions and fostering innovative technologies for the clean energy future,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “It’s especially important to track potent gases like methane, which traps more than 20 times as much heat as carbon and accelerates climate change. Once we know where we must act, American innovators and entrepreneurs can develop new technologies to protect our atmosphere and fight climate change.”

In addition to the 31 industry sectors initially required in October 2009 to participate in tracking and reporting GHS emissions, the EPA is proposing to collect data from the oil and natural gas sector, industries that emit fluorinated gases, and from facilities that inject and store carbon dioxide (CO2) underground for the purposes of geologic sequestration or enhanced oil and gas recovery.

Data collected from facilities that inject CO2 underground would enable EPA to track the amount of CO2 that is injected and in some cases require a monitoring strategy for detecting potential emissions to the atmosphere. The data will also allow businesses to track their own emissions, compare them to similar facilities, and identify cost effective ways to reduce their emissions in the future. EPA is also proposing to require all facilities in the reporting system, including those proposed today, to provide information on their corporate ownership.

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