CoolPass Inc.: U.S. environmental groups unhappy over changes to GHG reporting rule.

Environmentalists have voiced concern over an EPA proposal which they believe will negatively affect the quality of the GHG emissions information being collected by the government.
March 10, 2011 - PRLog -- Late last year the Environmental Protection Agency announced that while it still intended to produce a first-of-its-kind report on greenhouse gas emissions from individual sources such as power plants and oil refineries later this year, it hoped to give these firms at least three years before they had to prove to the agency how they arrived at these figures.

The EPA’s proposal came in response to industry unhappiness, chiefly from oil firms, who felt that disclosing the information on how they calculated their emissions could give their competitors a business advantage.

Environmentalists however say that it is impossible to trust the industry data without knowing how it was calculated.

“You’ll have a final number but you won’t know if it’s true,” Craig Segall, an attorney with the Sierra Club, told CoolPass sources recently

“How do we know that they are right? It’s a verification issue,” he added.

The Sierra Club, together with the Clean Air Task Force, the Environmental Defence Fund, and the National Defence Council recently filed a 33-page objection letter against the EPA’s proposal.

CoolPass has learned that the EPA has been collecting comments on the proposal although it remains unclear when it intends issuing a final ruling on the matter.

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