Q770. Do I have to keep reporting for an underground coal mine that liberates more than 36.5 million cubic feet of methane per year making it subject to subpart FF but whose total annual emissions from all sources are less than 25,000 metric tons CO2e?
A770. You should review the provisions in §98.2(i) to see if and when you would be able to discontinue reporting for this facility. A facility subject to Part 98 is permitted to discontinue reporting if its emissions are less than 25,000 metric tons CO2e per year for five consecutive years or less than 15,000 metric tons CO2e per year for three consecutive years. In either case, the owner or operator of the facility must submit a notification to the Administrator that announces the cessation of reporting and explains the reasons why the facility has not met the emissions threshold. The notification shall be submitted no later than March 31 of the year immediately following the fifth consecutive year of emissions less than 25,000 tons CO2e per year or March 31 of the year immediately following the third consecutive year of emissions less than 15,000 tons CO2e per year. The owner or operator must maintain the corresponding records required under §98.3(g) for each of the consecutive years in question and retain such records for three years following the year that reporting was discontinued. The owner or operator must resume reporting if annual emissions in any future calendar year increase to 25,000 metric tons CO2e per year or more.