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Get ready to monitor greenhouse gases.
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, the EPA announced in a press release that it will begin requiring large emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs), including CO2, to report their emissions. The reporting commencesJan. 1, 2010. The reports are due in 2011.
The reports will not, at this time, constitute a control on GHG emissions. The EPA said its new reporting system is meant to provide a better understanding of where GHGs are coming from, and guide development for future policies.
The data will also allow businesses to track their own emissions, and compare them to those of competitors.
According the agency, the new program will cover approximately 85 percent of the nation's GHG emissions and apply to roughly 10,000 facilities.
"This is a major step forward in our effort to address the greenhouse gases polluting our skies," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "For the first time, we begin collecting data from the largest facilities in this country, ones that account for approximately 85 percent of the total U.S. emissions. The American public, and industry itself, will finally gain critically important knowledge and with this information we can determine how best to reduce those emissions."
Vehicle and engine manufacturers outside of the light-duty sector will begin phasing in GHG reporting with model year 2011. Some source categories included in the proposed rule are still under review.