Starting Jan. 1, 2008, industries in New Mexico will be required to report greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change if a proposed rule is approved. The rule, which was proposed by the state’s Environmental Improvement Board, would affect all industrial facilities that currently report emissions for other air pollutants. Large facilities such as power plants, oil and gas refineries, and cement plants would begin reporting at the start of the new year, while smaller facilities would begin reporting in 2009 and 2010. It is hoped that the proposed rules may set the framework for a more permanent emissions reduction program, such as a cap-and-trade system.

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