Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
EPA is proposing to amend the general provisions for the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule. The amendments do not change the requirements of the regulation for facilities and suppliers covered by the 2009 final rule. Rather, the amendments are minor changes to the format of several sections of the general provisions to accommodate the addition of new subparts in the future in a simple and clear manner. These changes include updating the language for the schedule for submitting reports and calibrating equipment to recognize that subparts that may be added in the future would have later deadlines. These revisions do not change the requirements for subparts included in the 2009 final rule.
Comments. Written comments must be received on or before April 15, 2010.
Public Hearing. EPA does not plan to conduct a public hearing unless requested. To request a hearing, please contact the person listed in the preceding FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by March 23, 2010. If requested, the public hearing will be conducted on March 31, 2010 at 1310 L St., NW., Washington, DC, 20005 Start Printed Page 12490starting at 9 a.m., local time. EPA will provide further information about the hearing on its Web page if a hearing is requested.
Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0508, by mail to Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mailcode 6102T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0508, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please include a total of two copies. Comments may also be submitted electronically or through hand delivery/courier by following the detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final rule located in the rules section of this Federal Register.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Carole Cook, Climate Change Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (MC-6207J), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9263; fax number: (202) 343-2342; e-mail address: GHGReportingRule@epa.gov.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
I. Why Is EPA Issuing This Proposed Rule?
This document proposes to take action on the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule (40 CFR part 98, subpart A.) We have published a direct final rule in the “Rules and Regulations” section of this Federal Register because we view this as a noncontroversial action and anticipate no adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for this action in the preamble to the direct final rule.
If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment, we will withdraw the direct final rule and it will not take effect. We are not accepting comment on any other aspect of 40 CFR Part 98 other than comments on the specific changes explained in the direct final rule. We would address all relevant public comments in any subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. We are not requesting or entertaining comments on decisions made in the 2009 final rule. Comments received on issues resolved in the 2009 final rule will not be considered adverse comments on this direct final rule because they are outside the scope of the changes being made by this rule.
We do not intend to institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. For further information, please see the information provided in the ADDRESSES section of this document.
II. Does This Action Apply to Me?
Regulated Entities. The proposed amendments to the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule would affect owners and operators of fuel and chemicals suppliers and direct emitters of GHGs who are already subject to the rule. Regulated categories and entities would include those listed in Table 1 of this preamble:
|Category||NAICS||Examples of affected facilities|
|General Stationary Fuel Combustion Sources||Facilities operating boilers, process heaters, incinerators, turbines, and internal combustion engines.|
|211||Extractors of crude petroleum and natural gas.|
|321||Manufacturers of lumber and wood products.|
|322||Pulp and paper mills.|
|324||Petroleum refineries, and manufacturers of coal products.|
|316, 326, 339||Manufacturers of rubber and miscellaneous plastic products.|
|331||Steel works, blast furnaces.|
|332||Electroplating, plating, polishing, anodizing, and coloring.|
|336||Manufacturers of motor vehicle parts and accessories.|
|221||Electric, gas, and sanitary services.|
|Electricity Generation||221112||Fossil-fuel fired electric generating units, including units owned by Federal and municipal governments and units located in Indian Country.|
|Adipic Acid Production||325199||Adipic acid manufacturing facilities.|
|Aluminum Production||331312||Primary aluminum production facilities.|
|Ammonia Manufacturing||325311||Anhydrous and aqueous ammonia manufacturing facilities.|
|Cement Production||327310||Portland Cement manufacturing plants.|
|Ferroalloy Production||331112||Ferroalloys manufacturing facilities.|
|Glass Production||327211||Flat glass manufacturing facilities.|
|327213||Glass container manufacturing facilities.|
|327212||Other pressed and blown glass and glassware manufacturing facilities.|
|HCFC-22 Production and HFC-23 Destruction||325120||Chlorodifluoromethane manufacturing facilities.|
|Hydrogen Production||325120||Hydrogen manufacturing facilities.|
|Iron and Steel Production||331111||Integrated iron and steel mills, steel companies, sinter plants, blast furnaces, basic oxygen process furnace shops.|
|Lead Production||331419||Primary lead smelting and refining facilities.|
|331492||Secondary lead smelting and refining facilities.|
|Lime Production||327410||Calcium oxide, calcium hydroxide, dolomitic hydrates manufacturing facilities.|
|Nitric Acid Production||325311||Nitric acid manufacturing facilities.|
|Petrochemical Production||32511||Ethylene dichloride manufacturing facilities.|
|325199||Acrylonitrile, ethylene oxide, methanol manufacturing facilities.|
|325110||Ethylene manufacturing facilities.|
|325182||Carbon black manufacturing facilities.|
|Petroleum Refineries||324110||Petroleum refineries.|
|Phosphoric Acid Production||325312||Phosphoric acid manufacturing facilities.|
|Pulp and Paper Manufacturing||322110||Pulp mills.|
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|Silicon Carbide Production||327910||Silicon carbide abrasives manufacturing facilities.|
|Soda Ash Manufacturing||325181||Alkalies and chlorine manufacturing facilities.|
|212391||Soda ash, natural, mining and/or beneficiation.|
|Titanium Dioxide Production||325188||Titanium dioxide manufacturing facilities.|
|Zinc Production||331419||Primary zinc refining facilities.|
|331492||Zinc dust reclaiming facilities, recovering from scrap and/or alloying purchased metals.|
|Municipal Solid Waste Landfills||562212||Solid waste landfills.|
|Manure Management 1||112111||Beef cattle feedlots.|
|112120||Dairy cattle and milk production facilities.|
|112210||Hog and pig farms.|
|112310||Chicken egg production facilities.|
|112320||Broilers and other meat type chicken production.|
|Suppliers of Coal Based Liquids Fuels||211111||Coal liquefaction at mine sites.|
|Suppliers of Petroleum Products||324110||Petroleum refineries.|
|Suppliers of Natural Gas and NGLs||221210||Natural gas distribution facilities.|
|211112||Natural gas liquid extraction facilities.|
|Suppliers of Industrial GHGs||325120||Industrial gas manufacturing facilities.|
|Suppliers of Carbon Dioxide (CO2)||325120||Industrial gas manufacturing facilities.|
|1 EPA will not be implementing subpart JJ of the Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule due to a Congressional restriction prohibiting the expenditure of funds for this purpose.|
Table 1 of this preamble is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide for readers regarding facilities likely to be regulated by this action. Table 1 of this preamble lists the types of facilities that EPA is now aware could be potentially affected by this action. Other types of facilities not listed in the table could also be subject to reporting requirements. To determine whether your facility is affected by this action, you should carefully examine the applicability criteria found in 40 CFR part 98, subpart A, and other subparts as necessary. If you have questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular facility, consult the person listed in the preceding FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.
III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews
For a complete discussion of all of the administrative requirements applicable to this action, see the direct final rule in the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 98
- Environmental protection
- Administrative practice and procedure
- Greenhouse gases
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
Dated: March 10, 2010.
Lisa P. Jackson,
[FR Doc. 2010-5694 Filed 3-15-10; 8:45 am]
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