The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold public hearings for the Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule the week of July 28 in four locations across the U.S., including Pittsburgh. The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or arguments concerning the proposed action.
Registration is already filled for the July 31 hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building, Room 1310, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. EPA has extended the hearings for a second day to accommodate additional speakers. Click here to register for the August 1 hearing date.
The Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule was issued June 2 as a way to cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions
According to EPA, the proposal also will cut pollution that leads to soot and smog by over 25 percent in 2030. A recent study by Syracuse and Harvard universities shows western Pennsylvania could stand to benefit greatly in terms of estimated decrease in fine particulate matter due to cuts in carbon pollution output that would be mandated under the proposed rule.
The Clean Power Plan will lead to climate and health benefits worth an estimated $55 billion to $93 billion in 2030, including avoiding 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, federal estimates show.
For more information about the proposed rule, read the proposal and fact sheets from EPA.