The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced earlier this month that they will hold fourteen listening sessions on the federal Clean Power Plan to give Pennsylvanians the chance to comment on the plan to cut carbon pollution. The idea is to prepare a plan customized for PA that will still be in compliance with the federal plan. Pittsburgh is set to host a hearing next week at CMU on Monday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m.
If you’d like speak at this event, you must register by calling 717-783-8727.
In addition to these listening sessions, DEP will accept comments on Pennsylvania’s compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan through November 12, 2015. Comment submissions can be made online at http://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment/ or emailed to email@example.com or mailed to 400 Market Street P.O. Box 2063 Harrisburg, PA 17105.
The most recent update to Pennsylvania’s Climate Impacts Assessment came out in May of this year and makes very clear the dangers posed by climate change including this from page 11:
Climate change will worsen air quality relative to what it would otherwise be, causing increased respiratory and cardiac illness. The linkage between climate change and air quality is most strongly established for ground-level ozone creation during summer, but there is some evidence that higher temperatures and higher precipitation will result in increased allergen (pollen and mold) levels as well.
The Sierra Club Allegheny Group has some top-line suggested comments (if you need some help) including:
- The recent update to Pennsylvania’s Climate Impacts Assessment shows that climate change poses grave threats to present and future generations of Pennsylvanians. Consequently, the Commonwealth must take immediate action against climate change, and a strong state plan to implement the CPP is the most important near-term action Pennsylvania can take.
- Pennsylvania’s carbon emission reduction goals under the CPP are achievable, but a strong state plan is necessary to maximize the health and economic benefits that the CPP can have for Pennsylvania.
- In the state plan or in connection with the state plan, Pennsylvania should adopt policies that maximize the creation of in-state clean energy jobs and support fossil-fuel workers whose jobs are displaced.
- The state plan should include strong provisions to protect vulnerable, over-burdened and environmental justice communities. These communities suffer disproportionately from the respiratory ailments caused by air pollution and exacerbated by global warming, and are disproportionately vulnerable to ongoing climate change.
- Pennsylvania’s state plan should greatly increase the use of energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions.
- Pennsylvania’s state plan should greatly increase the use of wind and solar energy generation to reduce carbon emissions.
There are more suggested comments at the link above.
Pittsburgh Clean Power Plan Listening Session
When: Monday, September 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Mellon University, Roberts Hall – Singleton Room, 4th Floor, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Register to Speak: Call 717-783-8727