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)
Stage Final
Comment Period Ended on 8/30/2023
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8/16/23  9:17 pm
Commenter: Margaret Zelinski


As a resident, taxpayer and voter I am concerned when a successful and effective program set up in the law by our representatives is set aside.

RCCI is a legal mandate.  Virginia law should be followed.  Officials elected by Virginia voters created this law and no shortcut should be taken to ignore Virginia law.  We have a representative legislature to speak for the voters.  Don’t threaten that.  And RGGI has proven effective in reducing emissions. 

The loss of the RGGI impacts the low-income energy efficiency programs that help burdened Virginia families.

The loss of the RGGI program reduces Virginia’s ability to mitigate emissions loss without federal influence.

The damage in Virginia from floods is increasing.  RGGI is a source of funds that assist in coping with flooding. Alternate funding sources that have been proposed are smaller and not from a designated, steady, reliable source.  

There is no justification for leaving RCCI.   Let’s not.

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