Maine GHG Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maine GHG Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Maine Climate Change Law: 38 Maine Revised Statutes (MRS) 574-579

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Reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:

Mandatory reporting: Code of Maine Rules (ME Rule) 06-096-137 and ME Rule 06-096-156.4

Vehicle GHG emissions: ME Rule 06-096-127.3

Carbon dioxide (CO2) budget trading program: ME Rule 06-096-156 to 06-096-158

Regulatory Agency

Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Air Quality

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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 (EPA) has changed its stance and is initiating actions to monitor and control GHG emissions.

Maine has developed statutes and regulations to address GHG emissions in order to meet state-established GHG emissions reduction targets. In addition, the state is working with other states to implement regional programs to monitor and control GHG emissions.

· Administration and enforcement. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Air Quality 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.

State Requirements


Mandatory Reporting

ME Rule 06-096-137 and ME Rule 06-096-156.4

State. All of the facilities subject to the CO2 Cap-and-Trade Program under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) are required to report emissions.

In addition, applicable sources must report emissions ...

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