|Petition Title||Rulemaking to Limit and Reduce Total Carbon Dioxide Pollution in the Commonwealth by 30% by 2030 from Electric Generating Units.|
|Date Filed||3/17/2017 [Transmittal Sheet]|
|Petitioner||Susan V. Coleman|
As a citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I hereby petition the Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Pollution Control Board to simultaneously promulgate both an emergency rulemaking and a formal rulemaking to limit and reduce total carbon dioxide pollution in the Commonwealth by 30% by 2030, from its largest source, electric generating units.
The Air Pollution Control Board has clear legal authority to limit and reduce carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases (GHG), by powers vested by the Virginia Code (§§ 10.1-1300-1308).
Specifically, Virginia law provides that the Air Board \"shall have the power to promulgate regulations, including emergency regulations, abating, controlling and prohibiting air pollution throughout or in any part of the Commonwealth . . .” (§ 10.1-1308(A)).
Virginia law clearly encompasses carbon dioxide in its legal definition of air pollution: \"Air pollution means the presence in the outdoor atmosphere of one or more substances which are or may be harmful or injurious to human health, welfare or safety, to animal or plant life, or to property, or which unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment by the people of life or property” (§ 10.1-1300).
Moreover, the Air Board has already identified carbon dioxide and other GHGs as a category of emissions that shall be \"subject to regulation” (9 VAC 5-85-30(C)).
Most importantly, limiting and reducing carbon pollution would achieve the Board’s charge to prevent harm to \"public health, safety or welfare; the health of animal or plant life; [and] property, whether . . . recreational, commercial, industrial, [or] agricultural” (9 VAC 10 Chapter 10).
As a nurse, I am working in the public health sphere and believe the Air Board should limit and reduce carbon pollution to protect human and economic health, because:
The Air Board can cost effectively limit and reduce carbon pollution by 30% from 2015 levels by 2030 because:
For the above-stated legal, economic, and human health and safety reasons, I hereby petition the Air Pollution Control Board to initiate an emergency and formal rulemaking.
The State Air Pollution Control Board, based on discussion and action at its March 16, 2017, meeting and as required by Virginia law, is submitting notice of the petition for publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations on April 17, 2017, and announcing a public comment period. The public comment period begins on April 17, 2017, and closes on July 17, 2017.
Following receipt of comments on the petition, the Board will consider whether to grant or deny the petition for rulemaking. Board consideration will occur at a meeting of the Board. Board book material on the matter will be available approximately 3 weeks in advance of the meeting.
|Comment Period||In Progress! Ends 7/17/2017 Currently 78 comments|
|Name / Title:||Karen G. Sabasteanski|
629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
|Telephone:||(804)698-4426 FAX: (804)698-4510 TDD: ()-|