Thursday, November 2, 2017

AG Shapiro, DEP Request A Public Hearing On Proposed Repeal Of EPA Clean Power Climate Plan

Attorney General Josh Shapiro and DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell Tuesday formally wrote to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to request a public hearing on the proposed repeal of EPA’s Clean Power Climate Plan.  The text of the letter follows--
“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Attorney General and Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”), hereby request a public hearing on EPA’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, 82 Fed. Reg. 48,035 (Oct. 16, 2017).
“As a major energy producer whose air quality and environment is significantly impacted by activities outside our borders, Pennsylvania has unique concerns and is heavily impacted by the Clean Power Plan and federal environmental and energy regulations.
“Because of the importance of both energy production and climate change to the economy of Pennsylvania and the health of 12 million Pennsylvanians, we request that EPA hold a public hearing it its region 3 headquarters.
“We believe you should have the benefit of hearing first hand from our residents both the importance of energy production to our state and the harms we are experiencing from climate change.
“Pennsylvania has been dedicated to responsible energy production for generations.  Our communities have been built and sustained by natural resource extraction while also suffering first-hand the consequences of pollution and inadequate regulation.
“We know the potential for harm and prosperity.  For these reasons we seek a hearing on the EPA’s proposed actions here in our Commonwealth.”
A copy of the letter is available online-- page 1 and page 2.

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