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EPA to pursue collection of greenhouse
gas emission data, including potentially U.S. livestock feedlots. The
would allow the federal agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions
and pave the way for creating a national carbon cap-and-trade system.
Under the rule, expected to be approved by year's end, companies would
start tracking their emissions next year. "It's a very important
step as we're moving forward to deal with climate change," says Dina
Kruger, director of EPA's climate change division. The agency’s
action follows a directive passed by Congress in 2007 for a detailed inventory
of the emissions that scientists say contribute to global warmin
The EPA said its
proposed system would cover 13,000 facilities. Refineries,
automobile manufacturers, power plants, ethanol plants, coal mines and
large manure ponds at farms all would have to report to the government
emissions of at least six different gases. Together, these facilities
account for about 85% to 90% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions,
The "vast majority of small businesses" are unaffected,
As for what the threshold is for reporting by livestock operations,
the proposal states it applies to "manure management systems
that emit CH4 and N2O in amounts equivalent to 25,000 metric tons
CO2e or more per year."
Source: Where emissions come from in America. (Source: Robert A.
The regulation would
collect emissions information from individual facilities that emit 25,000
tons or more of greenhouse gases each year -- or the pollution
of more than 4,500 cars. EPA said the Clean Air Act gives it the authority
to develop the new emissions reporting program.
Under the proposal,
businesses that have to comply would submit their first annual reports
to the EPA in 2011 – the reports would contain data from calendar
year 2010. First reports from car and engine makers would cover model
requirements would cost the affected industries about $160 million in
the first year, and the amount is expected to fall to $127
million per year thereafter, the EPA estimated. The public has 60
days to comment on the EPA proposal.
It's not clear exactly how many livestock operations will be affected
by the EPA proposal. That will have a major say in just how far-reaching
this proposal would be in terms of its impact on U.S. livestock producers.
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