EPA extends GHG reporting deadline

By Kris Bevill | March 02, 2011

The U.S. EPA announced March 1 that it will extend the first annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting deadline so that it can test its electronic data submission system and give program participants time to test the tool before reporting. The deadline for filing annual reports was originally March 31. The EPA has not yet announced a new deadline, but said it plans to provide more detail on changes to the data uploading system and deadline changes before March 31.

The EPA’s Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule (MRR) requires any facility that emits more than 25,000 tons of CO2 equivalent annually to track and report those emissions to the EPA. The purpose of the program is to provide the EPA with comprehensive data to illustrate where GHGs are coming from. Results of the program will be used to influence future policy and programs related to emissions. The program went into effect last year. This is the first year annual reports are required to be filed.

All program participants were required to register for the program by Jan. 30, using the agency’s electronic reporting tool, known as e-GRRT, to submit a Certificate of Representation. While the registration process was fairly simple, concern was expressed by some affected entities as to whether e-GRRT would be developed in time for the more complex March 31 filing deadline and if user training sessions could be completed prior to that date. The EPA said its decision to extend the deadline is the result of conversations with industry. It now plans to have the final uploading tool available this summer and will publish data later this year.

For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/extension.html.