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    Community meetings are generally held at Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA

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Quality of Life and Development

RECONCILING QUALITY OF LIFE AND DEVELOPMENT, April 26, 2016

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A growing number of municipalities are looking for ways to reconcile local quality of life consistent with new development, including redevelopment.  In this program, panel speakers will describe the best practices that municipalities are employing, what legal authority they are using to do so, and what processes municipalities that seek to follow this approach can use to enhance participation.  The target audience is elected officials, solicitors, developers, planners, and interested citizens.

WHEN: April 26, 2016, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

WHERE:  Widener University Commonwealth Law School, 3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110

COST:  $20 registration fee.

The program is cosponsored by Widener University Environmental Law and Sustainability Center and the Clean Air Board.

Register at Widener Law Events page  You can pay the registration fee on-line or by check at the conference.

Volkswagen’s “Clean Diesel” Emissions – What Went Wrong?

Recently, Volkswagen admitted that it had programmed its clean diesel engines to turn on full emissions controls only when the car was in test mode. This enabled VW diesel cars to pass emissions testing, but did not reflect real emissions during on-the-road driving conditions.  High nitrogen oxide emissions resulted, which was discovered by a West Virginia University researcher.

Kevin Stewart, American Lung Association’s Director of Environmental Health in the Mid-Atlantic Region, will explain how Volkswagen illegally bypassed emission controls and increased air pollution from these diesel vehicles.  Join us at our community meeting at Second Presbyterian Church, October 1, 7 pm.

For additional information, go to:  NYTimes – Volkswagen Recall

Pennsylvania’s Clean Power Plan – What Would You Tell the Governor?

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is holding listening sessions around the state to solicit comments about the EPA’s Clean Power rules, which were finalized this summer.  DEP would like to hear from you about your concerns and the means to achieve Pennsylvania’s targets for carbon reductions.  There is an upcoming listening session in York on Oct. 5, 2015,(2-5 pm) at  the Wyndham Garden, 2000 Loucks Road, York, PA  17408

Learn about the Clean Power Plan at our community meeting and tell us the points you want the Governor to hear if you cannot attend the DEP listening session.

CAB community meeting, Thurs. May 15

Come hear why environmental groups are concerned that DEP’s proposed smog plan could allow more pollution than there is now!   Tom Schuster of Sierra Club will talk about this and address what we all can do about it at the Clean Air Board community meeting.

The Department of Environmental Protection announced a plan for how they will regulate ozone pollution. Public comments are due in June. This affects us — our area does not meet the EPA ozone standards!

The CAB meeting will be Thursday, May 15, at 7 pm., at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle.

Clean Air Board asks DEP to examine Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

At the invitation of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Clean Air Board submitted comments on adopting state plans under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon emissions.   On Dec. 9, 2013, the DEP held a listening session to hear from environmental organizations on how to implement Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, which would require state plans to curb carbon emissions once EPA adopts carbon emission limits for new power plants.

CAB’s comments urge DEP to look at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – undertaken by nine states (but not including Pennsylvania) – as a model for reducing carbon emissions.  According to RGGI: “The experience in the RGGI states shows the magnitude of emission reductions possible from the power sector: a projected 50% decline in tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and a fossil fuel-fired generation fleet that is projected to achieve emission rates on par with the recently proposed new source performance standard for new electric generating units.”

Click for  the full text of CAB comments to DEP

The Sentinel editorial, May 5, 2013

More than 40 people gathered around a large table in Carlisle Thursday night doing something very important: They talked.

They talked about the lasting, damaging effects of Cumberland County’s toxic air at a public forum hosted by the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania, an event spurred by The Sentinel’s three-day special report about air quality. Their attendance — not to mention their great ideas — is a sign that many in this area are serious about the issue even if our politicians appear not to be.

Many of those in attendance expressed their frustration that elected officials took a pass on dealing with the issue.

Read more:

http://cumberlink.com/news/opinion/editorial/our-view-our-air-a-grassroots-effort-reborn/article_5184199e-b425-11e2-bc60-0019bb2963f4.html

The Job-Creating Mercury Rule

New York Times – Published: February 22, 2012

After 20 years of delay and litigation by polluters, the Obama administration approved in December one of the most important rules in the history of the Clean Air Act. It will require power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants by more than 90 percent in the next five years and is expected to prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths annually from asthma, other respiratory diseases and heart attacks.  More …

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/opinion/the-job-creating-mercury-rule.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss