Governing Law and Regulations
Mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting: 40 CFR 98
Power plant applications: Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 38.5.8228(2)(f)
Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permitting and Compliance Division Air Resources Management Bureau
Montana Public Service Commission (PSC)
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.
Montana has developed statutes and is developing regulations and policies 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 Air Resources Management Bureau of DEQ's Permitting and Compliance Division 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. PSC oversees the approval process for power plants.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
At this time Montana 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 ...