Tuesday, November 28, 2023

DEP, Local Partners To Hold 5 Outreach Sessions For Input Into Priority Climate Action Plan Initiatives Starting Dec. 4

The Department of Environmental Protection, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission will host a series of five public outreach sessions inviting comments on
Priority Climate Action Plan initiatives.

DEP has received $3 million in Federal grants to fund the creation of a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) by March 1, 2024, and a Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) by July 1, 2025.

The PCAP will include ways to reduce GHG emissions that could be put into effect quickly. The PCAP will also include GHG reductions that are a priority for Pennsylvania communities and businesses, focusing on strategies for the industrial sector.

The CCAP will build on the PCAP to include a broad list of GHG reduction strategies that could be used in Pennsylvania and include analyses that will help assess the benefits and impacts of these strategies.

Analyses will be conducted in the following areas:

-- A benefits analysis for reductions of GHGs and co-pollutants (e.g., carbon monoxide, ground-level ozone and precursors, diesel and other particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide)

-- A benefits analysis for Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities

Quantified GHG reductions

-- A workforce planning analysis

Public Meetings

DEP is inviting local agency, industry and environmental justice community stakeholders to participate in the series of five outreach sessions to learn more about their needs and climate concerns to incorporate into the Priority Climate Action Plan.

The meetings will be held--

-- December 4: Clairton City Hall, 551 Ravensburg Blvd., Clairton, Allegheny County, 6:00 p.m.  Click Here to register.

-- December 6: Firetree Place, 600 Campbell St., Williamsport, Lycoming County, 6:00 p.m. Click Here to register.

-- December 7: Hazleton Integration Project, 225 E. 4th St., Hazleton, Luzerne County, 6:00 p.m.  Click Here to register.

-- December 12: Wysox Fire Hall, 111 Lake Rd., Wysox, Bradford County, 6:00 p.m.  Click Here to register.

-- December 14: Virtual. 6:00 p.m.  Click Here to register.

Public Survey

Public input can also be submitted through DEP’s online Climate Opinion Survey Platform.

For more information, visit DEP’s Priority Climate Action Plan webpage. Questions should be directed to: RA-EP-CPRG@pa.gov

Resource Links:

-- DEP Hosts Dec. 4 Public Meeting On Priority Climate Action Steps In Clairton, Allegheny County

-- DEP Hosts Dec. 6 Public Meeting On Priority Climate Action Steps In Williamsport, Lycoming County

[Posted: November 28, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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