Minnesota GHG Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Minnesota GHG Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting: 40 CFR 98

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GHG permitting: 40 CFR 52.21, Minnesota Rules (MR) 7007.3000, MR 7007.0050 to 7007.1075, and 40 CFR 70 Appendix A

GHG reduction targets: Next Generation Energy Act of 2007

Climate action plan: Next Generation Energy Act of 2007

Regulatory Agency

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

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.

Minnesota has developed statutes and programs 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. MPCA 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

REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS

Mandatory Reporting

At this time Minnesota has no mandatory GHG reporting requirements beyond the federal mandatory GHG reporting rule. See the national section GHG MANAGEMENT for more information on mandatory GHG reporting.

Voluntary Reporting

Minnesota is a member of the Climate Registry, which supports voluntary and regulatory GHG ...


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