NM Panel Approves New Emissions Reporting Rules

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve the rules, which will apply to some 130 industrial facilities around the state, including power plants, cement plants and refineries.

The rules were proposed by the state Environment Department earlier this year to prepare for participation in a regional cap-and-trade program with other Western states and Canadian provinces.

Department officials say the rules will provide more accurate and consistent data about greenhouse gas emissions.

Industry representatives have criticized the cap-and-trade program and the reporting rules, saying compliance will be costly.