Friday, February 7, 2020

DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meets Feb. 18 On RGGI Reg; State Water Plan; Draft Chapter 105 Regs

On February 18, DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council is scheduled to hear presentations on the draft regulation to implement a carbon dioxide cap-and-trade emission reduction program covering power plants, a State Water Plan update and draft changes to Chapter 105 Dam Safety and Encroachment regulations.
Water Plan
Mark Matlock from DEP’s Office of Water Resources Planning will present an update on the State Water Planning process. 
From January 16 to February 6, DEP held the first six meetings of the regional Water Resources Committees to kick off the process of updating the State Water Plan  .Click Here for more.
The last update was completed in 2009.  Click Here for an overview of the process.
For more background on the process for updating the Plan, for copies of past Plans and supporting documents, visit DEP’s State Water Plan webpage.  Questions should be directed to Mark Matlock at DEP by calling 717-783-2285 or send email to:
Chapter 105
Andy Klinger, DEP Bureau of Waterways, Engineering and Wetlands, will provide an overview of the changes DEP is proposing to the Chapter 105 Dam Safety and Encroachments permit regulations.  Click Here for a copy of DEP’s presentation.
The Chapter 105 permit is one of the most basic permits all development must have in the state.
DEP’s Agricultural Advisory Board and the Water Resources Advisory Committee have already reviewed the regulations and this presentation to the Council is part of its initial public review process.  Click Here for more.
Hayley Book, Senior Advisory on Energy and Climate, will make a presentation to Council on the draft RGGI regulations
RGGI is a market-based cap-and-invest by northeast states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
DEP will also be discussing the regulation at a meeting of DEP’s Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee on February 13..  Click Here for more.
For more information on RGGI, visit DEP’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative webpage.  Click Here for a copy of DEP’s draft RGGI regulation.
DEP Monthly Report
DEP’s February written report to the Council on agency activities is also available.
The meeting will be held in Room 105 of the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg starting at 10:00 a.m. You can join the meeting by phone: Conference Call-In: 267-332-8737 Conference ID #: 941265504.
For more information and available handouts, visit the DEP Citizens Advisory Council webpage.  Questions should be directed to Keith Salador, Executive Director, by calling 717-787-8171 or sending email to:
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[Posted: February 7, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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