Governing Law and Regulations
Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Environmental Health Administration Environmental Management Division Clean Air Branch
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Before 2009, little action was taken at the federal level, beyond voluntary initiatives, to implement greenhouse gas (GHG) management strategies ensuring that GHG emissions are accounted for and controlled. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has changed its stance and is initiating actions to monitor and control GHG emissions.
Hawaii has passed legislation and developed regulations at the state level to address GHG emissions. In addition, the state is working with other states to implement regional programs to monitor GHG emissions.
· Administration and enforcement. The Clean Air Branch of DOH’s Division of Environmental Health administers the state’s climate change programs to address GHG emissions and coordinates with other states to assist in the implementation of regional climate change initiatives.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
EPA has implemented mandatory GHG reporting requirements for selected source categories. See the national section GHG MANAGEMENT for more information on mandatory GHG reporting.