EPA Delays Mandate to Report Products Leading to Carbon Releases

The Environmental Protection Agency said it would put off reporting requirements for manufacturers and power plants on the products they use that lead to greenhouse-gas emissions.

In a Federal Register notice today, the EPA said that companies would have until at least 2013 to submit information about the raw materials. Representatives of chemical makers, oil refiners and other manufacturers have tried to scuttle the EPA’s proposal, saying it would force them to disclose confidential information.

The rules were set to take effect this year. The EPA proposed in December that they be deferred and today’s notice makes that decision final. The rules will be delayed until March 31, 2013, for some substances and two years later for others.

Facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more a year of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, are required to submit annual reports to the EPA on those releases. On Aug. 22, the EPA started a new program that lets 7,000 power plants, refiners and other manufacturers file their emissions data electronically. The information must be submitted by the end of September.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Liebert at lliebert@bloomberg.net

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