Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation [who some are saying may be the next EPA Administrator] said, "Transparency ensures a better informed public, which leads to a better protected environment. With this second data release, communities, businesses and others can track and compare facilities' greenhouse gas emissions and identify opportunities to cut pollution, minimize wasted energy, and save money."
The data is accessible through the Facility Level Information on Green House gases Tool (FLIGHT) -- a web-based data publication tool. EPA has also expanded accessibility of this data through EPA's online database EnviroFacts that allows a user to search for information by zip code.
The data collection program is required by Congress in the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which requires facilities to report data from large emission sources across a range of industry sectors, as well as suppliers of certain greenhouse gases, and products that would emit GHGs if released or combusted. EPA's GHG Reporting Program includes information from more than 8,000 sources and represents 85-90 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions. The data only includes large facilities and does not include small sources, agriculture, or land use, which can also be significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions.