Businesses subject to the new EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule must collect greenhouse gas data for calendar year 2010 report and plan to have a written GHG monitoring plan before April 2010.
Although GHG reports are not required to be submitted until 2011, affected companies need to make sure they are collecting the required data for their calendar year 2010 report, due March 31, 2011.
Under the GHG rule, emissions quantities must be reported for carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur hexafluoride, hydrocarbons, perfluorocarbons and other specific fluoridated gases.
Facilities subject to the reporting rule must also have a written GHG monitoring plan, in accordance with 40 CFR Part 98.3 (g)(5). Monitoring plans are required to be in place effective April 2010.
If emissions can’t reasonably be measured according to the methods set out, the rule allows the use of best available monitoring methods through March 31, 2010. If an extension request was submitted prior to Jan. 28, 2010, extensions of the use of best available methods may be granted, but not beyond Dec. 31, 2010.
Various methods are available for measuring emissions, including exhaust-gas flow meters and engineering calculations. The important thing is to determine, document and follow through on a plan. Reports for the 2010 calendar year will require a description of the method used to determine the quantities for each reportable.
For more information, contact Jerry Bauer, 816-822-3527.