|Action||Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities (Rev. C17)|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/6/2019|
I have worked 22 years as a forester in Virginia. Biomass from sustainably managed forests is a valuable, carbon neutral resource and fuel supply.
I am responding to the re-proposed 9VAC5-140, “Regulation for Emissions Trading Program” for the CO2 Budget Trading Program, intended to facilitate Virginia’s entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
I urge DEQ to revise the regulation to clarify that it only regulates greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel combustion, and that new and existing industrial facilities are exempt from any allowance obligations. The regulation should apply only to GHG emissions from fossil-fuel combustion and not to emissions from biomass combustion.
In summary, please exempt new and existing industrial boilers and recognize biogenic carbon dioxide emissions as carbon neutral irrespective of whether other fuels are co-fired.
Thank you for your attention to this very important issue.