Q53. Does this final rule preempt states from regulating or requiring reporting of greenhouse gases (GHGs)?
A53. No. This rule does not preempt or replace state reporting programs. This rule has been developed in response to a specific request from Congress (in the Appropriations Act) and is narrower and more targeted than many existing state programs that are coupled with GHG emission reduction programs. Many state programs are broader in scope, in a more advanced state of development, and have different policy objectives than this rulemaking. EPA supports and recognizes the success and necessity of state programs as a vital component of achieving GHG emission reductions. EPA is committed to working with states and regional programs to coordinate implementation of reporting programs, reduce burden on reporters, provide timely access to verified emissions data, and harmonize data systems to the fullest extent possible.