Mines Must Report Emissions Under New EPA Rule



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On June 28, 2010, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson signed a rule adding underground coal mines to the list of source categories required to report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to EPA. The original GHG Reporting Rule, which was published in the Federal Register in October 2009, considered but did not include mines in the initial reporting program, which went into effect January 1, 2010. Upon further consideration, EPA has decided to require GHG reporting from active underground coal mines as well as those under development. Abandoned mines, surface mines, and post-coal mining activities are not included.

On a quarterly basis, underground coal mine owners and operators must report (1) methane liberated from each ventilation well or shaft, and/or each centralized monitoring point; and (2) carbon dioxide emissions from coal mine gas methane destruction where the gas is not a fuel input for energy generation or use. On a weekly basis, they must report (1) methane liberated from each degasification system and/or each centralized monitoring point; and (2) methane destruction from each destruction device or point of offsite transfer. Finally, on an annual basis, mine owners and operators must report carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions from stationary fuel combustion devices. In addition, if any additional emission sources at a facility fall within one of EPA?s other GHG reporting source categories, those emissions must also continue to be reported.

Underground coal mines subject to the new rule must begin monitoring GHG emissions on January 1, 2011, with the first reports due to EPA on March 31, 2012.

This rule will be effective 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. If you have questions about how this rule affects you, please contact us.

Kathy Milenkovski
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