EPA to Hold Public Hearings on Clean Power Plan

Public hearings will be held in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Denver and Washington, D.C. Starting tomorrow, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold four, two-day public hearings, across the country on the proposed Clean Power Plan.

The hearings will be held in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh, and will provide the opportunity for interested parties to comment on the proposed rule before it takes effect. The Washington D.C. hearing will be held on July 29 and 30.

Under the direction of President Obama and after unprecedented outreach effort, EPA released the Clean Power Plan proposed rule. The Clean Power Plan seeks to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. EPA predicts that when the proposed plan is fully implemented in 2030, carbon emissions from these sources will be 30 percent below 2005 levels. The proposal will protect public health, move the United States toward a cleaner environment and fight climate change while supplying Americans with reliable and affordable power.

Voicing your opinion

EPA has received ~300,000 comments on the proposal, and anticipates hearing oral comments from ~1,600 people. Each location will have two rooms to accommodate attendees and as many speakers as possible.

Speaking slots are still available in Pittsburgh; however, all speaking times for Washington, D.C., Denver and Atlanta are fully booked. People can comment on the proposal by email, fax or letter: EPA considers all comments equally, no matter how they are submitted.

The comment period on the proposal is open until October 16, 2014.

WHO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
WHAT: Public hearing in Washington, D.C. on the proposed Clean Power Plan
WHEN: July 29-30, 2014
     The hearings will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m. EDT
WHERE: William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153
     1201 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

MEDIA RSVP All media who would like to attend the public hearing in Washington, D.C. should RSVP to press@epa.gov by 5 p.m. EDT on July 28, so we can include your name on our security list. Please bring picture identification and allow additional time to enter the buildings and go through security. A large number of attendees are expected, and space will be first-come, first-serve.

Instructions for submitting comments in writing: http://go.usa.gov/XzNH