DNREC “listening session” on the EPA “Clean Power Plan”–Nov 5, 2014, in Dover, DE

The official notice is below.

Green Delaware Comments:

The “Clean Power Plan,” formally two proposals released in June by the EPA for public comment, is extremely complicated and hard to fully understand.  So much so that regulatory agencies, advocacy orgs, and others who have studied it at great length are not entirely sure what it all means. States have a great deal of flexibility in complying with the proposed requirements, whatever they turn out to be.

It is–sort of–about reducing the burning of fossil fuels for electricity generation, a key cause of global climate change (warming).

Delaware, as we’ve written many times, is the lowest-lying US state and arguably the one most threatened by climate change and the resulting sea level rise.

Generally speaking, mainstream “environmental” orgs are campaigning for it, and Republicans and some industrial interests are campaigning against it.  People concerned about global climate change point out that it’s not enough (they are right), climate change deniers, oil and coal interests, etc, want to stop any action.

Some people argue in good faith that the “Clean Power Plan” may do more harm than good.  This is not an absurd point of view.  For example, it encourages burning less coal and more gas.  Gas is generally cleaner than coal at the smokestack, but when one considers the climate impact of leaked methane, and the harm done by “fracking,” it’s no better, and maybe worse, for the climate than coal.

After years of near-total inaction, the Obama administration has been recognizing climate change as an important issue, but the Administration fails to grasp the technical issues correctly and is promoting expensive, harmful, undesirable energy sources such as nuclear and “biomass.”  They aren’t getting the details right.

It can be argued that Delaware is somewhat ahead of the game through its membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and because many of the coal burning units in the state have been shut down or are being shut down.

On the other hand, Delaware is failing to make reasonable progress on energy conservation and efficiency.  Key guilty parties here are Delmarva Power (PEPCO), Sen. Harris McDowell, Gov, Jack Markell, and the so called “Sustainable Energy Utility,” essentially a scheme used to shut down energy efficiency investments while pretending to promote them.

Upcoming, Green Delaware will have more detailed comments to share.  In the meanwhile, we encourage people to consider attending the “listening session.”  The DNREC Division of Air Quality is the most competent branch of that agency and it’s to their credit that they want to hear from the public.

Abating climate change/sea level rise is a survival issue for the State of Delaware.

We are very interested in our readers thoughts.  Please share them via a comment on this post or via email to alan@greendel.org.

Alan Muller

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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL (DNREC)
Notice of Public Listening Session Regarding the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Clean Power Plan Proposal
DNREC will hold an informal listening session on a proposed plan by the EPA to cut carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) from existing power plants that generate electricity from fossil fuels. Once finalized, this rule will require the integrated efforts of DNREC, other state agencies, the regulated community, and the public. Therefore, prior to taking any formal action, DNREC is seeking general input from the public on the best way for the State to implement EPA’s plan as currently proposed.
Public listening session: DNREC will meet with the public to informally take comments on EPA’s proposed carbon reduction plan as follows:
Del Tech Terry Campus, Educational and Technology Bldg., Room 741 A & B,
W. Denneys Rd, Dover, DE
Starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending with the last speaker but no later than 8:00 p.m.,
Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
Proposal information: EPA issued proposed emissions guidelines for the control of carbon dioxide (CO2) from existing power plants (79 FR 34830) and for modified and reconstructed power plants (79 FR 34960) on June 18, 2014. The EPA comment period for these proposals is currently open, and will close on December 1, 2014. You may provide written comments to EPA in a variety of ways–just follow the detailed information provided by EPA on the first page of the preamble to the proposal. You can also learn more about proposal details at EPA’s website (http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards), where they have posted the proposals, technical analyses, and other supporting information.
How to comment to DNREC: You may attend and present your comments at the DNREC listening session, you may email written comments to valerie.gray@state.de.us, or you may send comments by postal mail to the Division of Air Quality, 655 S. Bay Road, Suite 5N, Dover, DE 19901.
Note that there is no formal DNREC proposal available for comment at this time. Also note that DNREC is gathering input from the public to help inform DNREC’s review of EPA’s proposed rule. If you wish to provide comments to EPA on EPA’s proposed rule, you must submit those comments directly to EPA (see EPA’s website at http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards).

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