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Environment Committee Alert
March 20, 2009

DEC Issues Policy Requiring Review of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) and Energy Use as Part of the SEQR Process.

EPA Issues Proposed Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

EPA: GHG Reporting Rule
In response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 (H.R. 2764; Public Law 110-161), EPA has proposed a rule that requires mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from large sources in the United States. The agency states "The proposed rule would collect accurate and comprehensive emissions data to inform future policy decisions. In general, EPA proposes that suppliers of fossil fuels or industrial greenhouse gases, manufacturers of vehicles and engines, and facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more per year of GHG emissions submit annual reports to EPA. The gases covered by the proposed rule are carbon dioxide (CO 2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and other fluorinated gases including nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and hydrofluorinated ethers (HFE)."

For more information, visit the following EPA web site or contact Walter Shaub at wshaub@uschamber.com.

New York State Environmental Excellence Awards

This awards program recognizes New York's environmental and conservation leaders, who are solving environmental challenges by using innovative and environmentally sustainable practices or creative partnerships

Our anticipated schedule for the 2009 process is as follows:

The 2009 application brochure will be available on-line (as of the end of next week) at www.dec.ny.gov. Then, search for "Environmental Excellence Awards."  For more information or for a hard copy of the application, contact the Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402-9469, or email eeawards@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Information about the program, including summaries of our previous award winners can be found on the DEC Web site.