Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Confidential Business Information Proposal Under GHG Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing actions under the greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program to address issues about the public availability of certain confidential business information (CBI) data. The total emissions for each facility is still required to be reported to EPA and released to the public.

EPA is soliciting comments about claims of business sensitivity regarding inputs to emissions equations and proposing to defer the deadline for reporting that data until March 2014. The new information and reporting deferral would allow EPA to assess the issue and make final decisions on how to treat the data elements in question. The proposals still require that facilities retain these data so that EPA may directly follow up with facilities through on-site audits.

EPA is taking comment on the proposal to delay reporting of sensitive data for 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, or 45 days if a hearing is requested, and is accepting comments in response to EPA’s request for information for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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