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cc -- EPA to Hold Public Listening Session on Reducing Carbon Emissions from Existing Power Plants

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 15:47:15
MEDIA CONTACT: David Yogi, yogi.david@epa.gov, (415) 972-3350 

EPA to Hold Public Listening Session in San Francisco on Reducing
Carbon Emissions from Existing Power Plants

Session to be Streamed Live Online

SAN FRANCISCO – As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public
listening session in San Francisco to solicit input from the
public and stakeholders as the EPA develops Clean Air Act
guidelines to reduce carbon emissions for existing power plants.
Power plants are the nation’s largest stationary source of carbon
pollution, responsible for about one third of all greenhouse
gases in the United States.

Taking steps to cut harmful carbon pollution will move us toward
a cleaner, healthier, more stable environment for future
generations, while supplying the reliable, affordable energy
needed for economic growth. The feedback from this public
listening session, as well as written input received by email,
will play an important role in helping EPA develop smart,
cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best
information available.

The Clean Air Act gives both EPA and states a role in reducing
air pollution from power plants that are already in operation.
The law directs EPA to establish guidelines, which states use to
design their own programs to reduce emissions. Before proposing
guidelines, EPA must consider how power plants with a variety of
configurations would be able to reduce carbon pollution in
cost-effective ways.

DATE: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST

LOCATION: U.S. EPA Pacific Southwest Office
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, Calif. 94105

EPA’s Regional Administrator, Jared Blumenfeld, and EPA’s Region
9 Air Division Director, Deborah Jordan, will be providing brief
remarks as context for the day’s session at 9:00 am, and again at
1:00 pm.

Due to limited capacity, those planning to provide verbal
comments at the session are required to pre-register at:
 When registering, please ensure the check box indicating
interest in speaking is selected. Please be prepared for a
security check upon entry to this federally-leased building.

Additionally, a live webcast of the session is available for
those who cannot attend in person. To register for webcast
access, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/443584954 

EPA encourages the public to submit written input by November 30,
2013 to: carbonpollutioninput@epa.gov  The agency will seek
additional public input during the notice and comment period
after it issues a proposal, by June 2014.

For more information about EPA’s carbon pollution standards for
the power sector, please visit:

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