EPA methane rule set to kick in after lengthy delay

By Robin Bravender | 02/26/2024 06:41 AM EST

The regulation is slated for official publication March 8, more than three months after the Biden administration announced it with fanfare. 

EPA Administrator Michael Regan smiles at a podium.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan speaks at the University of Maryland on May 11, 2023, in College Park, Maryland. Nathan Howard/AP

A much-anticipated Biden administration climate rule is set for formal publication in March, following an unusually long delay that worried environmental advocates and surprised regulatory experts.

EPA’s rule to clamp down on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry is set for official publication in the Federal Register on March 8, according to a notice filed Friday afternoon in the government journal that chronicles agency regulations. The regulation was completed Nov. 30 and announced Dec. 2 by EPA Administrator Michael Regan at the COP28 climate talks in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Federal Register
a notice filed Friday afternoon
announced Dec. 2

The formal publication date starts the clock for the rule to take effect. It also triggers a window in which Congress could veto the rule, a threat that would become more potent if a Republican president took office next year.


The lag time between the rule’s rollout and publication date has been worrisome to climate and public health advocates.