Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Energy: Chamber working to secure revisions to greenhouse gas reporting regulations

The Chamber testified last month on proposed amendments to the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulation (310 CMR 7.71).

Massachusetts energy costs remain among the very highest in the nation – a competitive disadvantage which continues to impact businesses of all size and industry and hinder job growth and expansion in the Commonwealth. This cost structure could be further impacted by the implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 in the months ahead. As a result, this regulatory process must be viewed in part through the lens of its impact on the regulatory burden and business costs borne by Massachusetts employers.

The Chamber supports revisions to the regulation, including changes to the stationary source reporting requirements, annual air emissions data reports, and verification of facility reports, which would help to facilitate implementation for both regulated entities and the state.

Adoption of these revisions could help to lower the cost of compliance and preserve regulatory and legislative intent, without further impacting the competitiveness of our economy, job market, or energy cost structure. The Chamber will continue working with the DEP and stakeholders as this important process moves forward.

View the Chamber's complete policy agenda here.

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