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US EPA releases greenhouse reporting rules

- Friday, October 16, 2009

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a regulation to require reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy in the United States. The rule applies to fossil fuel suppliers and industrial gas suppliers, direct greenhouse gas emitters and manufacturers of vehicles and engines. 

According to the EPA website, the rule doesn’t require control of greenhouse gases, rather it requires only that sources above certain threshold levels monitor and report emissions, “to inform future policy decisions”.



No terrestrial carbon sequestration sinks or offset projects are included in this rule, it only relates to emissions. Only livestock facilities with manure management systems that have emissions equal to or greater than 25,000 mtCO2e per year from a manure management system are required to report. The rule requires reporters to begin monitoring on January 1, 2010.


This rules relates to a US Supreme Court case in April 2007, Massachusetts v. EPA, which found that greenhouse gases are air pollutants covered by the Clean Air Act. The Obama Administration has announced as a result of this case that it will regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Act. Details of the reporting system are available here 

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