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The Department of Environmental Quality is Listening!

EPA Photo cropAfter years of inaction, Virginia now has an opportunity to take bold steps to fight climate change.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing a series of informal listening sessions on a proposed plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) from existing power plants that generate electricity from fossil fuels. These new EPA rules may have a significant impact on the Commonwealth.

Implementing them in the best way for Virginia will require the integrated efforts of DEQ, other state agencies involved in power generation, the regulated community, and the public. Therefore, prior to taking any formal action, DEQ is seeking general input from the public on the best way for the Commonwealth to implement EPA’s plan as currently proposed.

Public listening sessions

DEQ will meet with the public to informally discuss EPA’s proposed carbon reduction plan as follows:

Wytheville
Snyder Auditorium, Wytheville Community College
1000 East Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Click HERE to RSVP

Alexandria
Meeting Room, John Marshall Library
6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria, Virginia
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014
Click HERE to RSVP

Virginia Beach
Auditorium, Virginia Beach Public Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, Virginia
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014
Click HERE to RSVP

Richmond
Administration Board Room, Henrico County Government Center
4301 East Parham Road, Henrico, Virginia
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014
Click HERE to RSVP

For guidance and tips for writing compelling testimony, CLICK HERE.

You may also email written comments to ghg@deq.virginia.gov, send a fax 804-698-4510, or send postal mail to the Air Division, Department of Environmental Quality, PO Box 1105, Richmond VA 23218 until August 15, 2014. Please provide your full name, address and telephone number. [Note that there is no formal DEQ proposal available for comment at this time.]

 

 

 

About the Author

Corrina Beall is the Legislative Coordinator for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.