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EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting System

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Reporting rule may affect cities and counties with landfills, municipal power generation plants, stationary combustion equipment or other large sources of emissions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a new reporting system that will require large emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) to begin collecting data. Starting Jan. 1, 2010, local governments may be required to submit an annual GHG report if they own or operate facilities that fall under the new rules.

This system will apply to about 10,000 facilities, tracking approximately 85 percent of the nation’s GHG emissions. For example, stationary combustion equipment (with the exception of emergency generators and portable equipment) would likely qualify if a facility emits 25,000 metric tons or more of carbon dioxide per year from all stationary fuel combustion sources.

Landfills that generate methane in amounts equal to 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide or more per year would also qualify, as would municipal power generation plants that report to the EPA Acid Rain Program or emit more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Visit the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program for more information, to see if you must report, to access data, and for reporting tools and trainings.

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