EPA has issued a final rule extending the deadline for reporting 2010 data under the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule. Affected sources were originally required to report 2010 GHG emissions data by March 31, 2011. Through this final rule, EPA has provided affected sources until September 30, 2011 to submit their data. Sources must register with EPA’s online reporting system, the Electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool (e-GGRT), by August 1, 2011.

The extension of the reporting deadline does not waive the requirement to continue to monitor and record GHG emissions data in the interim. The rule merely defers the date by which 2010 data must be submitted to EPA. Deferring the reporting date will enable reporters to test e-GGRT, provide feedback to EPA on the tool, and allow EPA to make refinements prior to the September 30, 2011 reporting deadline.

Sources should be aware that petitions challenging the final rule may be filed in the D.C. Circuit for up to 60 days after the date of publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. The rule has yet to be published in the Federal Register. Administrative review of the final rule is also an option if a petition for reconsideration is filed with the Administrator.

More information about the deferral is available on EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/extension.html.