EPA Publishes Revisions to Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule in Federal Register


On July 19, 2022, EPA extended the comment period on the proposed “Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Data Elements Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule” from August 22 until October 6, 2022.  A copy of the Federal Register notice is available here.

On June 21, 2022, EPA published the proposed “Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Data Elements Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule” (i.e., 40 CFR Part 98) in the Federal Register. A few selected proposed amendments are discussed below.

  • EPA proposes that these amendments would become effective on January 1, 2023 and would implement the revisions beginning with the GHG reports for the 2023 reporting year.
  • EPA is proposing changes to the subparts of 40 CFR Part 98 listed below.
A – General Provisions Y – Petroleum Refineries
C – Stationary Fuel Combustion Sources BB – Silicon Carbide Production
G – Ammonia Manufacturing DD – Electrical Transmission & Distribution Equipment Use
H – Cement Production FF – Underground Coal Mines
I – Electronics Manufacturing GG – Zinc Production
N – Glass Production HH – Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
P – Hydrogen Production NN – Suppliers of Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids
Q – Iron and Steel Production OO – Suppliers of Industrial Greenhouse Gases
S – Lime Manufacturing PP – Suppliers of Carbon Dioxide
W – Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems SS – Electrical Equipment Manufacture or Refurbishment
X – Petrochemical Production UU – Injection of Carbon Dioxide
  • EPA is proposing the types of rule revisions listed below
    • Changes to calculation and monitoring methods as a result of an improved understanding of affected emission sources and GHGs end use.
    • Revisions that require reporting additional data to better understand new emissions for source in specific sectors, enhance EPA’s understanding of sector-specific processes or other factors that impact GHG emission rates, improve verification of data reported and complement or educate other EPA programs.
    • Changes intended to streamline requirements and enhance program implementation by providing increased efficiency, flexibility and clarifying identified provisions.
    • Revisions that would increase transparency associated with carbon capture. Utilization and sequestration activities.

A copy of the proposed rule is available here. For more information, please visit EPA’s web site at www.epa.gov/ghgreporting. Comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before August 22, 2022.