|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,
I am so encouraged and excited about aligning with RGGI to price and reduce carbon the Commonwealth. It is a great step forward to create incentives to reduce carbon emissions and move toward a healthier environment. A robust reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 from the power sector is a great beginning. The carbon cap should be ambitious to spur further investment in the clean renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. This is something that Virginians want!
I fully support setting the strongest possible standard to cut carbon emissions from Virginia power plants in a carbon market. This is an important step toward reducing carbon pollution and improving the health of our land, air, water and people.
DEQ should adopt and implement a final rule that:
• Caps carbon pollution in the 2020 base year between 30 and 32 million tons. The draft rule proposes 33 or 34 million tons as a base year cap, but Virginia’s carbon emissions have been below 33 million tons each year since 2010. The rule should set a more ambitious cap that is still achievable.
• I encourage you to consider including carbon pollution from biomass facilities. I toured one of these facilities with the Garden Club of America and have concerns.
• Makes explicit that carbon pollution reductions will continue in Virginia beyond 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. And congratulations to Director Paylor on his reappointment!