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EPA Extends First GHG Emission Reporting Deadline

Posted on March 18, 2011 by James Griffin

The EPA published a final rule on March 18, 2011 that extends the deadline for the initial reports under the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting rule at 40 CFR Part 98 [76 FR 14812]. The deadline has been moved from March 31 to September 30, 2011. This one-time extension is being done to allow more time to refine and test the electronic data reporting system, and assure that reporting facilities have access to the reporting system in advance of the reporting deadline.

The rule specifies that reports must be submitted electronically. To accommodate this requirement, the EPA has developed the Electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool (e-GGRT). However, the rollout of e-GGRT came late in 2010, resulting in a limited period of time for reporters to register and work with the new software.

This deadline extension affects only facilities that were included in the initial final rule published on October 30, 2009. These facilities include the source category-specific reporting requirements in 40 CFR part 98, subparts C through PP (excluding subparts I, J, L, M, T, W, DD, FF, II, JJ, and KK) and covers emission of greenhouse gasses in 2010. The reporting deadline for 2011 emissions and beyond will revert back to the March 31 deadline established in 40 CFR Part 98.

Facilities that are subject to the 2010 emissions reporting must assure that they have registered with the e-GGRT system at least 60 days prior to the reporting deadline. The extension of the reporting deadline allows facilities to register up to August 1, 2011.

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