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 Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 3/31/2023
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1/30/23  9:00 am
Commenter: Glen Besa

Oppose repeal RGGI!

Virginia's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is based on a 2020 Virginia state statute which means that DEQ and the Youngkin administration do not have administrative authority to repeal RGGI.  Additionally, RGGI is working as intended by the VA General Assembly in reducing GHG emissions from fossil fueled power plants which results in improved public health through better air quality. In reducing GHG, RGGI also is important in state efforts to address climate change.  The funds generated by RGGI also benefit Virginians by providing assistance with efficiency measures in the homes of low income families and funding to local governments in support of efforts to address sea level rise and recurrent flooding associated with climate change.  For these reasons, I oppose the proposed regulatory repeal of RGGI.   - Glen Besa 

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