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Press Release December 20, 2010

From: U.S. EPA [usaepa@govdelivery.com]

Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010

Subject: Air News Release (HQ): EPA Proposes Updates to Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

Cathy Milbourn (News Media Only)

December 20, 2010

EPA Proposes Updates to Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

More than 1.4 billion pounds of harmful air, land, and water pollution to be reduced

WASHINGTON – 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 data that some businesses may consider to be confidential. The total emissions for each facility is still required to be reported to EPA and released to the public.

In July 2010, EPA proposed to determine that information included in emissions equations are “emissions data” and cannot be protected as confidential business information under the Clean Air Act. Under the proposed determination, EPA would have to make these data available to the public once they are submitted to the agency.

In today’s actions, EPA is soliciting comments from stakeholders seeking more specific information 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 will not change the requirement 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.

EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program, launched in October 2009, requires the reporting of GHG emissions data from large emission sources and fuel suppliers across a range of industry sectors. The data will help guide the development of programs to reduce these emissions.

For more information on these actions:

For more information on the GHG Reporting Program:

Message: 2
From: U.S. EPA usaepa@govdelivery.com
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 13:07:45 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Air News Brief (HQ): EPA Delivers 15 Years of Acid Rain Reductions
CONTACTS: EPA: 202-564-7873
DOE: 202-586-4940

December 20, 2010

EPA Delivers 15 Years of Acid Rain Reductions

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report that shows 15 years of successful results from its nationwide effort to address acid rain. Since its inception in 1995 as part of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, EPA’s Acid Rain Program has earned widespread acclaim due to dramatic sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) emission reductions that are saving American lives and ecosystems. An analysis estimates annual public health benefits of the program in 2010 alone at more than $120 billion, about 40 times the estimated cost.

Some of the major accomplishments of the program through 2009 include:
  • Power plants have decreased emissions of SO2, a precursor to acid rain, to 5.7 million tons in 2009, a 67 percent decrease from 1980 levels and a 64 percent decrease from 1990 levels.
  • Air quality has improved; the average amount of ambient SO2 decreased 76 percent between 1980 and 2009. The largest single-year reduction in SO2 since the start of the Acid Rain Program occurred between 2008 and 2009.
  • Reductions in fine particle levels yielded benefits including about 20,000-50,000 lives saved annually.
  • Many lakes and streams affected by acid rain in the east are exhibiting signs of recovery.

  • The Acid Rain Program was established under the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and requires significant emission reductions of SO2 and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the electric power industry. The program sets a permanent cap on the total amount of SO2 that may be emitted by electric generating units in the United States, and includes provisions for trading and banking emission allowances. The program is phased in, with this year phasing in the final 2010 SO2 cap set at 8.95 million tons, a level of about one-half of the emissions from the power sector in 1980.

    More information on the Acid Rain Program report: