Governing Law and Regulations
Mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting: 40 CFR 98
GHG reduction targets: Code of Iowa (IA Code) 455B.851
Climate action plan (CAP): IA Code 455B.851
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
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.
Iowa has developed statutes and plans to address GHG emissions, and is working with other states to implement regional programs to monitor and control GHG emissions.
• Administration and enforcement. DNR administers programs to quantify and control GHG emissions, as well as coordinating with other states to assist in the implementation of regional climate change initiatives.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
Under EPA's Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule, applicable sources are required to report GHG emissions beginning in 2010. See the national section GHG MANAGEMENT for more information.
As a result, DNR no longer requires facilities to report GHG emissions to DNR. However, DNR does require that all construction permit applications quantify the proposed project's potential to emit GHGs.
Iowa is a member of the Climate Registry, which supports voluntary and regulatory GHG emissions reporting programs. See REGIONAL PROGRAMS in this ...