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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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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2/25/19  8:29 pm
Commenter: Eliza Fisher

Support; take the lead for positive climate action

I urge you to support the ED11 plan to reduce greenhouse gas emmissions. Growing up in North Carolina and now as a current Virginia resident, I see deep connections to positive environemental justice and social justice. Your support of ED11 demonstrates steps to a more equitable future and nods to intergenerational climate justice. 

I request that DEQ use its authority to adopt and implement a final standard that:

1. Retains the currently-proposed base year emission cap of 28 million tons

2. Fully covers carbon pollution from biomass facilities, which can be more climate polluting than fossil fuel power plants. Virginia’s first ever plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants shouldn’t be weakened by special interests! Exempting biomass makes Virginia’s carbon program less effective and gives monopoly utilities like Dominion even more of an unfair economic advantage. 

3. More fully articulates plans for environmental justice considerations for program monitoring and evaluation, and requires DEQ to include mitigation measures for any adverse program impacts on vulnerable, environmental justice and under served communities that are identified through the Department’s evaluation of the program.

4. More fully articulates the Department’s plan for increasing participation of environmental justice communities in the review of impacts of the program on those communities. This plan should be consistent with the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s Model Guidelines for Public Participation.

Thank you for your consideration.


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