Hello. My name is Natalie Pien and I am writing to oppose issuing AN ORDER GRANTING A TEMPORARY LOCAL VARIANCE FOR THE OPERATION OF TIER II AND TIER IV EMERGENCY GENERATORS BY DATA CENTERS LOCATED IN LOUDOUN DURING PERIODS OF PJM INITIATED ALERTS. As a resident of Loudoun County, I will be subjected to additional, harmful air pollution, which the variance does not evaluate in sufficient detail. Impacts from diesel exhaust and diesel emissions on human health, environment, climate change, and environmental justice impacts are well known, yet not addressed in this Variance. The number of PJM alerts have increased dramatically, one in 2019, followed by 10 in 2020, 30 in 2021, and 82 in 2022. The revised variance does not take this information into account.
There are 12 concerns for the Revised Variance permit which I enumerated in an earlier comment. I’d like to list additional concerns.
The DEQ must uphold its mission “to protect and improve the environment for the health, well-being and quality of life of all Virginians.” This Variance violates DEQ’s mission. Do not issue the revised Variance.