EPA to Hold Public Listening Sessions on Reducing Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold 11 public listening sessions across the country to solicit ideas and input from the public and stakeholders about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are the nation’s largest stationary source of carbon pollution, responsible for about one third of all greenhouse gas pollution in the United States.
The Clean Air Act gives both EPA and states a role in reducing air pollution from power plants that are already in operation. The law directs EPA to establish guidelines, which states use to design their own programs to reduce emissions. Before proposing guidelines, EPA must consider how power plants with a variety of different configurations would be able to reduce carbon pollution in a cost-effective way.
The feedback from these 11 public listening sessions will play an important role in helping EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best information available. The agency will seek additional public input during the notice and comment period once it issues a proposal, by June 2014.
Public Sessions on Reducing Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants (all times are local):
DATE: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT EPA REGION & LOCATION: US EPA New England Memorial Hall 5 Post Office Square Boston
DATE: Friday, October 18, 2013 TIME: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT EPA REGION & LOCATION: US EPA Region 3 William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building 600 Arch Street Philadelphia
DATE: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 TIME: 9:00 am - 12 Noon; and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT EPA REGION & LOCATION: US EPA Region 2 290 Broadway, Room 27A New York
DATE: October 23, 2013 TIMES: 2:00 – 5:00 pm; and 6:00 – 9:00 pm EDT EPA REGION & LOCATION: US EPA Region 4 Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center Bridge Conference Rooms 61 Forsyth Street, S.W. Atlanta
DATE: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm MDT (last 2 hours for call ins) EPA REGION & LOCATION: US EPA Region 8 1595 Wynkoop Street Denver
DATE: Monday, November 4, 2013 TIME: 4:00 – 8:00 pm CST EPA REGION & LOCATION: US EPA Region 7 11201 Renner Blvd. Lenexa
DATE: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 TIME: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm EPA REGION & LOCATION: US EPA Region 9 75 Hawthorne St. San Francisco
DATE: Thursday, November 7, 2013 TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST LOCATION: US EPA Headquarters William Jefferson Clinton East 1201 Constitution Ave. Washington, DC
DATE: Thursday, November 7, 2013 TIME: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm CST EPA REGION & LOCATION: US EPA Region 6 Auditorium- 1st floor J. Erik Jonsson Central Library 1515 Young St. Dallas
DATE: Thursday, November 7, 2013 TIME: 3:00 – 6:00 pm PST EPA REGION & LOCATION: US EPA Region 10 Jackson Federal Bldg. 915 Second Ave. Seattle
DATE: November 8, 2013 TIME: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CST EPA REGION & LOCATION: US EPA Region 5 Metcalfe Federal Building Lake Michigan Room 77 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago
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