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ACC Welcomes EPA Extension in GHG Reporting Deadline

Contact: Jennifer Scott (202) 249-6512 
Email: Jennifer_Scott@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2011) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s decision to extend the data reporting deadline for the greenhouse gas mandatory reporting rule (MRR) from March 31, 2011 until late summer. An interim final rule is expected within a few weeks formalizing this change.

“We welcome EPA’s decision to extend the GHG reporting deadline and to invite industry to help with database testing,” said Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. “Reporting done right requires a thorough understanding of the new rules, ample time for feedback and sufficient testing to ensure a high-quality database. We look forward to working with EPA on these important tasks.”

“We appreciate EPA’s willingness to review how confidential business information (CBI) is treated in the rule,” added Mike Walls, ACC Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs. “Specifically, we support its recent effort to re-examine the reporting of inputs to emissions equations. Similar to EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program, the GHG reporting program should properly balance the limited data that must be submitted to EPA and the bulk of the data that remains onsite for potential EPA or State review.”

ACC supports EPA’s establishment of a national reporting system for greenhouse gas emissions. We agree that the system can help businesses identify cost-effective ways to reduce emissions. As part of ACC’s commitment to sustainability, our member companies already track GHG emissions data and report it to ACC under our Responsible Care® program. ACC reports the industry data publicly on an aggregate basis. Our industry’s absolute GHG emissions fell 23 percent between 1990 and 2009, far exceeding Kyoto Protocol requirements.

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