|Action||Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities (Rev. C17)|
|Comment Period||Ends 4/9/2018|
Dear Director Paylor and Members of the Air Pollution Control Board,
First and foremost on your agenda, Mr. Paylor, Is to put The brakes on the two major pipelines scheduled to go our State of Virginia, NOW,
Your agency have let down the citizens of the state but I’m not protecting our well-being, our water supply and our health.
Climate disruption and pipeline lines both poses increasing threats to Virginians' public health, national security, environment, and economy. Communities from Appalachia to the coast are already experiencing climate change impacts, from drought stress to regular flooding. Virginia must respond now in order to mitigate the worst impacts on our citizens.
I support setting the strongest possible standard to cut carbon emissions from Virginia power plants through participation in a carbon market. This is a critically important step toward reducing carbon pollution.
I also propose an immediate action taken by DEQ, TO HALT THE MVP AND ACP PIPELINES projects.
DEQ should adopt and implement a final rule that:
• Caps carbon pollution in the 2020 base year between 30 and 32 million tons. While the draft rule proposes 33 or 34 million tons as a base year cap, Virginia’s carbon emissions have been below 33 million tons each year since 2010. The new rule should set a cap that is more ambitious, yet still achievable.
• Covers carbon pollution from biomass facilities. All carbon pollution adds to climate disruption, regardless of what fuel is used.
• Makes explicit that carbon pollution reductions will continue in Virginia after 2030.
• Closely monitors for instances of disproportionate burdens borne by low-income and vulnerable communities.
Thank you for your efforts to protect Virginia citizens and our natural resources.
Think about this, you are representing each citizen of this Commonwealth, DO THE RIGHT THING, PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.
I EXPECT YOU TO TAKE AGGRESSIVE ACTION NOW.
Bent Mountain VA