EPA official: Carbon emitters will follow chemical-industry model

10/14/2009 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Environmental Protection Agency air chief Gina McCarthy said she believes companies will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions when a new rule requires them to report large releases to the public. Toxic emissions were substantially reduced after the 1987 creation of the Toxics Release Inventory. "Basically, every company reduced their chemical use in their waste generation because they didn't want to be on that list," McCarthy said. "Now, I believe, you will see the same effect with the reporting rule on greenhouse gases, because you'll now be able to see how much greenhouse gases are being emitted by different facilities in your community."

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