The California Air Resources Board says it's reviewing the first twenty five projects submitted that promised to offset greenhouse gas emissions. If approved, the businesses can earn credits under the state's Cap-and-Trade Program.
Stanley Young with the Air Resources Board says certified inspectors will determine how much pollution each project eliminates. "We require that the project developer hire and accredited person- a third-person verifier, to take a close look at the paperwork involved in this and make sure they went through all of the proper steps and followed the stringent rules."
Most of the projects either used manure from dairy farms in biodigesters or eradicate ozone-depleting chemicals.