From Focus Areas - Air
The Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule is a new regulation that requires large sources and suppliers to report greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases are gases in the atmosphere that are alleged to absorb and emit radiation within the thermal infrared range. Annual reports of the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by a facility must be submitted to the EPA by facilities that meet or exceed the limit of 25,000 metric tons or more per year of GHG emissions and suppliers of fossil fuels, suppliers of industrial greenhouse gases, and manufacturers of vehicles and engines (outside of the light-duty sector) regardless of their emission level.
The gases that must be reported are carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and other fluorinated gases such as hydrofluorinated ethers (HFE) and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3).
Facilities are expected to have started collecting emissions monitoring data and complying with all greenhouse gas requirements as of January 1, 2010. Monitoring Plans establishing the greenhouse gas monitoring procedure must be developed and revised as changes to the process occur and equipment must be calibrated to meet the accuracy requirements of the new greenhouse gases rule.
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