DEQ To Hold Listening Sessions on Proposed EPA Carbon Rule

From my inbox to your blog feed:

From: Laura Kate Anderson Bender, Laura.Bender@lung.org

I thought you all might be interested in some upcoming opportunities to weigh in on cutting carbon pollution (that don’t require you to travel to DC!)

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) just announced that they’re holding a series of informal listening sessions on EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Once EPA finalizes this proposal into law, it will be up to DEQ to implement it. This is a great opportunity to show DEQ that there is support for these standards in communities throughout Virginia, especially among people who can speak personally to the health impacts of polluted air.

Here’s the schedule:

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

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

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

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

DEQ will be working with groups and stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth to draft a plan for how we’ll meet EPA’s standards, and they’ll likely have a lot of flexibility in doing so. It’s important that they know, early on in the process, that Virginians want them to prioritize protecting public health.

Would you be willing to attend the listening session and speak briefly in support of the standards?

If you’re able to make it, please let me know! I’m happy to send over talking points and details about the standards and help you come up with specific points to address at the session. (Also, here is DEQ’s announcement about the listening sessions: http://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewNotice.cfm?GNID=511)

If you can’t, but know someone who might be interested in attending their local session, please put me in touch with them!

Thanks so much, and please send any questions you have my way!

Laura Kate Anderson Bender | Coordinator, Virginia Healthy Air Coalition

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