Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that after his request the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public listening session in Pennsylvania on its new proposed rule on carbon emissions for new power plants. In a recent letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Casey stressed the need for the EPA to hear directly from Pennsylvanians who could be impacted by new regulations. The meeting will be in Philadelphia and more information can be found here: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/public-listening-sessions
“I’m pleased that the EPA will hold a listening session in Pennsylvania,” Senator Casey said. “I urged the EPA to hear from Pennsylvanians because it’s incumbent upon the Administration to fully explain this proposal and answer questions that residents may have. The EPA has also requested comment on a number of questions in the proposed rule and I believe my constituents should have the appropriate opportunity to contribute their opinions.”
The full text of Senator Casey’s September letter can be seen below:
The Honorable Gina McCarthy
U.S. Department of Environmental Protection
Dear Madam Administrator:
I am writing to request that the EPA hold a public hearing in Pennsylvania regarding the proposed rule on greenhouse gas emissions from new electric utility generating units. This rule has the potential to affect the lives of 12.5 million Pennsylvanians.
I want to ensure my constituents have a thorough explanation of the proposed rule as well as adequate opportunity to comment on it. I strongly urge the EPA to hold a public meeting to inform my constituents about the proposed rule and to respond to the views expressed. I understand that the EPA has also requested comment on a number of questions in the proposed rule and I believe my constituents would have much to contribute in that regard.
I appreciate your attention to this matter and would appreciate you keeping me updated as to the status of my request. I look forward to continue working with you.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator