Industrial facilities in the US could soon have to report how much greenhouse gases they pump into the air. The EPA has proposed the new rule, using its authority under the Clean Air act.
It might seem odd, but it's the first time the agency has proposed a national greenhouse gas reporting framework. Monitoring and reporting emissions is a critical step for future climate policy in the US.
Reporting will apply to facilities pumping more than 25,000 metric tons of emissions annually. This would cover about 13,000 large-scale emitters. Those include electricity power plants, car manufacturers, industrial chemical suppliers and producers of building materials like cement, iron and steel. These facilities account for as much as 90 percent of greenhouse gases emitted in the United States.
The EPA says that gathering complete and accurate data will help both industry and government better protect our health and environment.
Supporters hail the proposed regulation as a positive first step.