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US petrochemicals welcomed a federal decision to postpone deadline for reporting of GHG emissions

March 02/2011

(ICIS) -- US petrochemical, chemical and refining interests on Tuesday welcomed a federal government decision to postpone the 31 March deadline for industrial reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said earlier on Tuesday that it would put back the original 31 March reporting deadline to an unspecified date in mid-2011.

Under the agencys May 2010 reporting mandate, large emitters of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) - basically industrial sites, manufacturers such as chemical plants and refiners - were to begin reporting the volume of their GHG emissions beginning the end of this month.

EPA said it was putting the deadline back so that it could further test the online reporting system that would be used by industry.  The agency said that it would announce a new deadline later this year.

American Chemistry Council (ACC) President Cal Dooley welcomed the delay. Reporting done right requires a thorough understanding of the new rules, ample time for feedback and sufficient testing to ensure a high-quality database, he said.

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) also hailed the delay, saying it was a sensible step.

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