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Unites States: EPA expands greenhouse-gas reporting rule

The proposal would cover all production, transmission, processing and other facilities that produce at least 25,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent of fugitive and vented emissions each year. Companies would begin collecting data on 1 January 2011, and would submit reports each year, beginning 13 March 2012

The EPA's decision expands the scope of the Mandatory Reporting Rule for Greenhouse Gases, promulgated last October, which requires about 30 industry groups to track climate-altering gases and to report their findings to the EPA from 2011. Among the entities included in that mandate, which covers 85% of total US GHG emissions, are offshore petroleum and natural gas production, onshore gas processing, gas transmission, underground gas storage, liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage, and LNG import and export facilities. The initial proposal also included a section on petroleum and natural gas systems. However, the agency backed off after it received responses from industry, state governments an

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