Texas GHG Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas GHG Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting: 40 CFR 98

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Strategies to reduce GHG emissions: Senate Bill (SB) 184

Carbon sequestration: 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 5.101 to 5.308

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Comptroller of Public Acts

Texas Railroad Commission

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.

Texas has developed regulations governing the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2), and is in the process of identifying additional strategies to address and reduce GHG emissions.

Administration and enforcement. Numerous state agencies have been enlisted to assist the Comptroller of Public Acts compile a list of GHG reduction strategies. The Texas Railroad Commission administers and enforces the state's carbon sequestration program.

State Requirements

REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS

Mandatory Reporting

At this time, Texas 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.

STRATEGIES TO REDUCE GHG EMISSIONS

SB 184

The Texas Legislature passed SB 184, which required the state's Comptroller of Public Acts to submit a report to each member of the Legislature by December 31, 2010, that includes a list of ...


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