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CARB’s Final Determination on Livestock Offset Investigation January 30, 2020

January 30, 2020 by Lonava Tahreen

(Source: California Air Resources Board, January 30th, 2020)

On November 18, 2019, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) initiated an investigation into whether the Scenic View Dairy in Holland, Michigan complied with the health and safety rules of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy when it conducted livestock methane destruction events for which CARB subsequently issued compliance offset credits.

After careful review of materials provided throughout the course of this investigation, CARB’s Executive Officer has made a final determination regarding these offsets.  The final determination is publicly available on the Compliance Offset Program webpage.

Under section 95985(c)(2) of the Cap-and-Trade Regulation (Regulation), CARB can investigate and invalidate issued compliance offset credits if the offset project activity and implementation of the offset project was not in accordance with all local, regional, state, and national environmental and health and safety regulations that apply based on the offset project location and that directly apply to the offset project, including as specified in the applicable Compliance Offset Protocol during the Reporting Period for which CARB offset credit was issued.

There were a total of 18,867 credits invalidated as quoted in the final determination document released by ARB on Thursday.

Please click here to read the full report.

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