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EPA seeks more greenhouse gas reporting

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a regulation to require reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy, including fossil fuel suppliers and industrial gas suppliers, as well as direct greenhouse gas emitters, according to information published April 11 in the Federal Register.

EPA said the proposed rule (40 CFR Parts 86, 87, 89, 90, 94, 98, 600, 1033, 1039, 1042, 1045, 1048, 1051, 1054, and 1065) does not require control of greenhouse gases, but requires sources above certain threshold levels to monitor and report emissions.

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 (eg, 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 emissions or more) and to upstream suppliers of fossil fuels and industrial greenhouse gases, as well as to manufacturers of vehicles and engines.

Reporting would be at the facility level, except certain suppliers and vehicle and engine manufacturers would report at the corporate level.

Comments must be received by EPA on or before June 9.

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