As has been expected, the EPA has proposed a rule that would require industries to monitor and report their greenhouse gas emissions. Under the rule, the first data will be reported in 2011 after being collected throughout 2010. This proposal is being viewed as an important first step to regulating greenhouse gases in the near future.
The rule was introduced under the Clean Air Act and would cover 85 to 90 percent of emissions in the U.S. The gases required to be reported will include carbon dioxide, methane, hydrofluorocarbons and nitrous oxide.
A couple of industries that would be required to report emissions are auto companies, who will have to report the grams of emissions per mile for all vehicles they make and power plants, although a lot of data on power plants is already known.
For now, there is a 60-day public comment period before the rule can be enacted. While this was an expected move from the EPA, it's still a very welcome and important one. Collecting these numbers from industries and being able to regulate emissions will be necessary if major reforms are to be made.
via Green Inc.
written by Adam Pieniazek, March 11, 2009
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