Clean Air Board will not be meeting in October, next meeting is November 6

The Clean Air Board will not be holding a meeting in October. The next meeting is scheduled for November 6. Visit our site for more details.

DEP to hold listening session on EPA Clean Power rule

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a listening session Thursday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to hear what you think of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Rule. This rule will limit carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants by 30% by 2030. The rule will require states to develop plans to reduce carbon intensity from electric generation plants. In July, EPA held public hearings in Pittsburgh on how to implement the rule.

The Clean Air Board recently sponsored a forum at Dickinson College to discuss the issues raised the EPA proposed rule. At that forum, DEP Deputy Secretary Vince Brisini presented his views on the proposed rule.

Now you have the opportunity to inform DEP of your views on reducing carbon emissions. Please sign up to speak at the DEP listening session.
You can register for the listening session by contacting DEP’s Tammey Adams at 717-772-2725 or taadams@pa.gov.

Getting Pennsylvania on board EPA’s plan to reduce Power Plant Carbon Emissions

EPA recently held public hearings on reducing the nation’s carbon emission from power plants by 30% by 2030. The Clean Air Board is sponsoring a forum to discuss the issues raised the EPA plan. Professor Michael Heiman (Dickinson College) will discuss the merits of the plan, followed by a panel discussion and questions and answers.

The talk will cover: How to Balance Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity. Why the Obama Administration Choose Direct Regulation to Address Carbon Emissions. What are Pennsylvania’s Options for Meeting the EPA’s Mandate? Professor Heiman will address the historic and current challenge in reducing carbon emissions to combat climate change. A panel of local experts will address the options Pennsylvania has to meet EPA’s targets.

Sept. 4, 7 pm. Dickinson College – Stafford Auditorium (Rector Science Complex), 301 W. Louther Street, Carlisle, PA
The community is invited. Parking is available across Louther Street by the Library.

To comment on the EPA rule, please follow this link: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/clean-power-plan-proposed-rule-comment-guide

Air quality action – July 12, 2014

A(n) Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Saturday, Jul 12

Tomorrow’s Forecast
Saturday, Jul 12: 105 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
73 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Extended Forecast
Sunday, Jul 13: 78 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
55 AQI Moderate Ozone

No meeting in July

The Clean Air Board will not be meeting in July.  See you in August – date to be announced.

Clean Air Board guest editorial

The Carlisle Sentinel published a guest editorial by members of the Clean Air Board.

bit.ly/1yRoBs4

Please comment on the smog plan

Your comments on the DEP proposal can be submitted directly to the Environmental Quality Board by June 30, 2014. Read CAB’s comments below.

Online Comments

Comments, including the one page summary, may be submitted to the EQB by accessing the EQB’s Online Public Comment System at:

http://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/RegComments

Note regarding the online system: If an acknowledgement of comments submitted online is not received by the sender within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB to ensure receipt.

Written Comments

Written comments and summaries can also be mailed to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477.

All comments must be received by the EQB on or before the close of the public comment period, Monday, June 30, 2014

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