Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
Public Listening Session Regarding Federal Clean Power Plan Proposal

Meeting Details
Date / Time 9/22/2015  5:00 pm
Location Department of Environmental Quality, Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document minutes not taken
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? No
Purpose of the meeting
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing a series of informal listening sessions on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) from existing power plants that generate electricity from fossil fuels. These new EPA rules may have a significant impact on the Commonwealth. Therefore, prior to taking any formal action, DEQ is gathering general input from the public to help inform the Commonwealth's review and implementation of EPA's final rules for existing power plants (see EPA’s website at" class="linkblue"> In addition to receiving general input from the public, the Commonwealth is also interested in identifying and collecting input from vulnerable and overburdened communities. These communities include low-income communities, communities of color, areas where people are most vulnerable to climate change, and communities where economies may be affected by changes in the utility power and related sectors. Public listening sessions: - September 16, 2015: Conference Room, DEQ Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Rd, Harrisonburg, VA, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. - September 22, 2015: Conference Room, DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. - September 28, 2015: Cafeteria, Fairfax County South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton, VA, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. - September 30, 2015: Board of Supervisors Board Room, Henrico County Government Center, 4301 East Parham Rd, Henrico, VA, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. - October 1, 2015: Goodloe Center, Phillips-Taylor Hall, Mountain Empire Community College, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. - October 6, 2015: The Forum, Building A (Room A101), Tidewater Community College, 120 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, VA, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The only topic under consideration will be the plan for existing power plants. These listening sessions are only for receiving input from the public, and there will be no formal presentations from DEQ. How to comment to DEQ: In addition to attending a DEQ listening session, you may also email written comments to, send a fax (804-698-4510), or send postal mail to the Air Division, Department of Environmental Quality, PO Box 1105, Richmond VA 23218 from August 13 to October 13, 2015. Please provide your full name, address and telephone number. Federal information: EPA has also issued two other rules for the control of carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants: - Final new source performance standard for new power plants. - Proposed federal plan and model rule for existing power plants. This rule is open for public comment; follow EPA's instructions in the preamble to the rule. You can learn more about these rules at EPA's website: Virginia information: DEQ has established a web page with information about Virginia's actions for meeting the federal requirements: This page will be updated periodically as new information and opportunities for public participation become available.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Karen G. Sabasteanski 
Address: 629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)698-4000    FAX: (804)698-4510    TDD: ()-