The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is extending the deadline for companies to begin reporting their greenhouse gas emissions. The original deadline was March 31. The agency did not say when the new deadline would be.

EPA said its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program will provide Congress, stakeholder groups and the public with information about these emissions while helping businesses identify cost-effective ways to reduce emissions.

EPA said it plans to have the final data uploading tool available this summer, with the data scheduled to be published later this year. EPA said the extension would give industry the opportunity to test the tool, provide feedback and have sufficient time to become familiar with the tool prior to reporting.

EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program, launched in October 2009, requires the reporting of GHG emissions data from large emission sources and fuel suppliers across a range of industry sectors.

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