Hello. My name is Natalie Pien. I am a member of the Boards of Directors for the Piedmont Environmental Council as well as the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, on the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Great Falls Group and the Loudoun Climate Project. I am writing on my own behalf to oppose the Revised Variance for data center diesel backup generators. As a resident of Loudoun County, I do not want to be subjected to additional, harmful air pollution that the Revised Variance will allow. Negative impacts from diesel exhaust and diesel emissions on human health, environment, climate change, and environmental justice are well known yet not evaluated in this Variance. In addition, the number of PJM alerts to trigger the variance have increased dramatically, one in 2019, followed by 10 in 2020, 30 in 2021, and 82 in 2022.
Here are my 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.