In the wee hours of September 17th, the Senate Environment and Public Works passed S. 1387 by a voice vote. Entitled the National Greenhouse Gas Registry Act of 2007, the bill, among other things, would make greenhouse gases subject to select provisions of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act with a threshold planning quantity of 1 ton. "Affected facilities" are: (i) a major emitting facility as defined in section 169 of the Clean Air Act; (ii) a major stationary source as defined in section 169A of the Clean Air Act; (iii) an electricity generator or electric utility that emits a greenhouse gas; (iv) a facility that manufactures or imports a greenhouse gas; (v) a facility that emits NOx associated with the manufacture of adipic or nitric acid; (vi) an aluminum smelter that emits a GHG; (vii) an underground coal mine that emitted more than 35M cubic feet of methane during calendar year 2004 or thereafter; (viii) a facility that emits HFC-23 as a byproduct of HFC-22; and (ix) any other facility of appropriate size, as determined by EPA, that emits an GHG.
"Affected facilities" must submit to the relevant State emergency response commission an annual report of GHG emissions. These reports, in turn, must be provided to EPA and made publicly available.
EPA then must prepare a national greenhouse gas registry. The registry must also include an "estimate of mobile source emissions of the greenhouse gas emitted as a result of combustion of fuels in transportation equipment, such as automobiles, trucks, trains, airplanes and vessels."
The legislation does not mention sequestration.