Governing Law and Regulations
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.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
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 ...