League of Women Voters tackles carbon pollution

Beginning next week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold 11 listening sessions across the country to get community input on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The listening sessions will gather feedback that will “play an important role in helping EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best information available.” The new rule will be issued in June 2014 and comes on the heels of the recently updated proposal for the regulation of carbon pollution at new power plants.

The EPA listening sessions are the next step in fulfilling President Obamas plan to fight climate change. Cutting carbon pollution from power plants is the central and critical component of a plan that fulfills the President’s commitment to people, not polluters. The League lends a unique voice and perspective to this issue and our voice will be very valuable in the process to developing this new regulation.

The League has praised the Obama Administration’s steps to reduce carbon pollution as an important step in the fight against climate change. Power plants are the largest emitter of life-threatening carbon pollution in our country. Reducing the amount of carbon pollution from power plants is a life-saving measure that will protect our children, our nation and the world from the devastating effects of climate change.

In the spring of 2012, the League was part of an effort to collect over 3 million comments in support of national standards to limit dangerous industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. This was an unprecedented effort that reflected the strong desire of Americans for national leadership to address climate change and its impact on public health. The League will launch another campaign to collect comments on the recently updated proposed EPA regulation to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

The listening sessions will be held in 11 states across the country. If you are interested in getting involved in this issue, or representing your League at one of these listening sessions please contact Jessica Jones at jjones@lwv.org.

New York City, NY
October 23, 2013
Session 1 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm EST
Session 2 - 2:00-5:00 pm EST
U.S. EPA Region 2 Offices
Room 27A
290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

Atlanta, GA
October 23, 1013
Session 1 - 2:00-5:00 pm EST
Session 2 - 6:00-9:00 pm EST
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
Bridge Conference Rooms
61 Forsyth St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Denver, CO
October 30, 2013
9:00 am-5:00 pm MST (last 2 hours for call ins)
U.S. EPA Region 8 Offices
1595 Wynkoop St.
Denver, CO 80202

Boston, MA
November 4, 2013
10:00 am-3:00pm EST
U.S. EPA New England Offices
Memorial Hall
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109

Lenexa, KS
November 4, 2013
4:00-8:00 pm CST
U.S. EPA Region 7 Offices
11201 Renner Blvd.
Lenexa, KS 66219

San Francisco, CA
November 5, 2013
9:00 am-4:00 pm PST
U.S. EPA Region 9 Offices
75 Hawthorne St.
San Francisco, CA 94105


Washington, DC
November 7, 2013
9:00 am-8:00 pm EST
U.S. EPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton East
Room 1153 (Map Room)
1201 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460

Seattle, WA
November 7, 2013
3:00-6:00 pm PST
Henry M. Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104


Dallas, TX
November 7, 2013
10:00 am-3:00 pm CST
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
Auditorium - 1st Floor
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75202


Chicago, IL
November 8, 2013
9:00 am-4:00 pm CST
U.S. EPA Region 5 Offices
Metcalfe Federal Building
Lake Michigan Room
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604


Philadelphia, PA
November 8, 2013
10:00 am-4:00 pm EST
William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building
600 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103