Tuesday, March 1, 2011

EPA extends reporting deadline for 2010 GHG emissions

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  is extending its March 31, 2011deadlilne to submit greenhouse gas reports.

The agency announced today that it is continuing to develop an electronic reporting system and wants to take more time to be sure it is working properly before setting a new deadline.

In a news release, the EPA said it had completed "extensive work to develop GHG data reporting requirements for a wide range of different industries in response to Congressional mandates. 

"This program will provide Congress, stakeholder groups and the public with information about these emissions while helping businesses identify cost effective ways to reduce emissions in the future. "

The agency said it plans to have the final uploading tool available this summer, with the data scheduled to be published later this year. It said the extension will allow it "to further test the system that facilities will use to submit data and give industry the opportunity to test the tool, provide feedback, and have sufficient time to become familiar with the tool prior to reporting."

More detail on the changes will be made available in the coming weeks, the EPA said.

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