Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ‑ 140]
Action Repeal CO 2 Budget Trading Program as required by Executive Order 9 (Revision A22)
Comment Period Ended on 10/26/2022
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10/19/22  12:39 pm
Commenter: Catherine W Howard

Opposition to Repeal of RGGI

As a resident of Richmond, VA I strongly support the state's commitment to RGGI along with our neighboring states. This initiative supports actions in the mid-Atlantic that will help communities combat climate change through higher energy efficient homes, reduction of harmful emissions, and assistance to develop plans to prevent or mitigate flooding. All of these measures help all citizens but especially our low income communities.

This administration claims that it wants to help citizens by bringing down the cost of utilities, which is a laudable goal. But rather than attempt to repeal Virginia's participation in RGGI, the state should make efforts to reform the utility code which would reduce utility rates that are charged by Dominion. 

I appreciate the bipartisan work of the General Assembly to be proactive in addressing critical environmental and health concerns through Virginia's participation in the RGGI. Please do not let us go backwards with a repeal.

Thank you.

Catherine Howard

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