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Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ‑ 140]
Action Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities (Rev. C17)
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 3/6/2019
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3/4/19  4:23 pm
Commenter: Ron Jenkins, Virginia Loggers Association

Oppose the RGGI Rule as Written

We oppose the rule as written, because it would include emissions from non-fossil fuel sources such as biomass, which plays a critical role in Virginia’s forestry economy.  The rule should be amended to specifically exclude emissions from sources such as biomass, which are widely acknowledged to be carbon neutral.

Forests are natural meaning they can be managed, harvested and regenerated for ever.  Not only are forests capable of providing numerous common products used by society they can supplyan energy source for electricity used to run our businesses and homes. The beauty of our forest resources is its natural regeneration capacity.. Under sustainable forest management, our forests will continue to supply materials for useful products and energy for a long time. All is takes is some management and planning on the ground and humans, wildlife and water are the beneficiaries.  Forests under this scenario are carbon neutral, natural and renewable.  

We should not do anything that will harm the many benefits of our forests and wood for our future generations.