Description: Challenge to EPA reporting rule for sources of fluorinated greenhouse gases.
Semiconductor Industry Association v. EPA
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 01/31/2011 Petition for Review Petition for review filed. An industry association filed a petition in the D.C. Circuit seeking a review of the EPA greenhouse gas reporting rule for sources of fluorinated greenhouse gases. The final rule, which was published on December 1, 2010, applied to electronics production, fluorinated gas production, imports and exports of pre-charged equipment or closed-cell foams containing fluorinated greenhouse gases, and the use and manufacture of electricity transmission and distribution equipment. Facilities in these categories that emit at least 25,000 tons of CO2e of fluorinated greenhouse gases were required to report these emissions. Data collection was required to begin January 1, 2011 and the first reports were due by March 31, 2012. According to the Association, the rule in its current form requires semiconductor companies to measure emissions in a technically infeasible manner and also gives EPA access to highly valuable proprietary data which could compromise critical trade secrets and other sensitive information.