The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized
plans for a system that will require
large sources of carbon emissions to report their emissions.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called the new rule a major step forward in efforts to address carbon pollution.
"For the first time, we begin collecting data from the largest facilities in this country, ones that account for approximately 85 percent of the total U.S. emissions," Jackson said. "The American public, and industry itself, will finally gain critically important knowledge and with this information we can determine how best to reduce those emissions."
The rule will mandate the collection of emissions statistics for about 10,000 facilities that emit more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon per year, leaving most small businesses exempt.