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February 2011 Update: Climate Change

EPA Postpones Deadline For Reporting 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Holleb_Hotaling_Keri_COLORBy Keri L. Holleb Hotaling


On March 1, 2011, the EPA announced it is extending this year's annual reporting deadline – originally March 31 – for greenhouse gas emissions. In a news release, EPA stated that "it is in the process of finalizing a user friendly online electronic reporting platform" and that the "extension will allow EPA to further test the system that facilities will use to submit data and give industry the opportunity to test the tool, provide feedback, and have sufficient time to become familiar with the tool prior to reporting." EPA 3/1/2011 News Release. EPA plans to have the electronic reporting tool "available this summer, with the emissions data to be published later this year."

On October 30, 2009, EPA published a rule for the mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases ("GHG") (40 CFR part 98) from large GHG emissions sources in the United States. Implementation of 40 CFR Part 98 is referred to as the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program ("GHGRP"). In general, the threshold for reporting is 25,000 metric tons or more of carbon dioxide–equivalent per year. About 10,000 facilities covered by the rule had to begin measuring GHG emissions on January 1, 2010.

EPA plans to provide more detail "in the coming weeks" and ensure that the extension is officially in effect before the original reporting deadline of March 31, 2011.