Tuesday, November 17, 2020

DEP Report On Petition To Adopt Broad-Based Climate Cap-And-Trade Program Due To EQB In Early 2021

On November 17, the Department of Environmental Protection told the Environmental Quality Board it expects to present its report and recommendation on a rulemaking petition proposing a climate cap-and-trade program covering all major sources of greenhouse gas emissions to the Board during the first quarter of 2021.

The EQB accepted the 407-page climate cap-and-trade petition for study on April 16, 2019.  Read more here.

The petition was submitted by Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., the Clean Air Council, Widener University Environmental Law and Sustainability Center and eco(n)law LLC.   It calls for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from all major sources by 2052 in Pennsylvania.

The EQB just began accepting public comments on a proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Program covering just power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  Read more here.

In other action, the Board approved  final regulations making stream resignations and setting updated water supply replacement requirements for surface coal mining operations.

The Board also approved proposed regulation changes related to corrections to noncoal mining requirements for public comment.

For more information and available handouts, visit the Environmental Quality Board webpage.  Questions should be directed to Jennifer Swan  jswan@pa.gov.  

Related Article:

-- EQB Accepts Cap-And-Trade Petition For Evaluation; State Does Have Authority To Adopt A Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program

-- Environmental Quality Board Invites Public Comments On Proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Program For Power Plants Consistent With RGGI; 10 Virtual Public Comment Sessions Set

[Posted: November 17, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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