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EPA Extends Comment Period on Issues Related to Inputs to Emission Equations under the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

01/20/11

Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Climate Change

Yesterday, on January 19, EPA provided notice of a public hearing, to be held on February 3, on its Call for Information on Inputs to Emission Equations Under the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule.  In this notice, the agency also extended the public comment period on the call for information, and a related proposed rule, until March 7. 

Specifically, the call for information and public comment seeks “to solicit certain additional information pertaining to reporting of inputs to emission equations” under the GHG Reporting Rule.  EPA writes that the comments that the agency received in response to its  July 7, 2010 proposed confidentiality determinations “…warrant in-depth evaluation of potential harm to businesses from possible public availability of some of this data.”  The agency adds that, “The information and comment solicited by this notice will assist EPA as we consider a long-term approach that will balance data quality and transparency with the reporting businesses’ need to protect sensitive business information.”  (Comments were originally due on February 25.)

The proposed rule seeks to defer the reporting date of certain data elements that are inputs to emission equations under the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule for three years.  EPA is making this proposal in order to give the agency time to consider comments that it had received in response to its July 7, 2010 proposed confidentiality determinations for data required under the reporting rule.  Specifically, EPA is proposing to defer direct emitter reporting of inputs to emission equations for calendar years through 2012 until March 31, 2014.  Comments on this proposed rule were originally due January 26.







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