On March 1, EPA announced that it will be deferring the requirement to submit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reports under the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule (MRR). The MRR imposed a reporting deadline of March 31, 2011 for many sectors of industry to submit greenhouse gas emissions data collected in 2010.

This decision provides much welcomed relief to reporting entities, particularly those that have encountered problems complying with the new rule. Earlier this year, EPA’s online reporting system, Electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool (e-GGRT), was reportedly not available during some periods leading up to the January 30, 2011 deadline to submit the requisite Certificate of Representation. Many companies have also sought technical clarifications from EPA to ensure they are monitoring or calculating emissions appropriately. To respond to these inquiries, EPA has created a Frequently Asked Questions Database that is searchable by keyword or by Subpart of the MRR.

EPA has indicated it plans to provide access to the MRR reporting tool this summer. Delaying the reporting deadline will allow industry time to test the tool, provide EPA feedback, and become familiar with the tool before the new reporting deadline. EPA will provide an update on its website regarding the deadline for reporting 2010 MRR data.

The full content of the press release may be found at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/3ad763d974685e5185257846005e0f1c!OpenDocument.