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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10/26/22  2:32 pm
Commenter: Tyla Matteson

Remain in RGGI

My name is Tyla Matteson, and I reside in Chesterfield County, VA.  It is essential for Virginia to remain in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  RGGI is law, passed by the VA General Assembly in 2020, and Virginia profits greatly as a participant.  The program is reducing carbon emissions and needs to stay in place, to address our climate emergency. Virginia must do its part to bring down emission levels by about 50% by 2030. Climate change tipping points must be avoided; if not, humans will have no ability to alter escalating conditions, such as the melting of ice sheets and the changing of ocean currents.  I have observed personally the effects of stronger storm events where my former family home is located on a canal in the Riverdale section of Hampton, Virginia.  Three times in recent years, the home was flooded, and walls and floors needed to be replaced.  One solution which was ignored would be to maintain the wetland areas of the city and not allow housing developments or other construction to occur.  RGGI provides funding to plan for and to prevent recurrent flooding, hugely beneficial to localities like the City of Hampton.  Contact:, (H) 804-275-6476


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