Deadline to Comment on Proposed Clean Power Plan Repeal

Online action: Tell Trump’s EPA: Don’t kill the Clean Power Plan

The Trump Administration’s EPA, led by climate-change-denier Scott Pruitt, is proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

As this EPA notes;

On March 28, 2017, Administrator Pruitt signed a notice indicating the EPA’s intent to review the Clean Power Plan, in accord with the President’s Energy Independence Executive Order. On October 16, the EPA proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan, proposing that it is not consistent with the Clean Air Act.

Written comments will be accepted until April 26!

*From EPA: How to Comment*

Oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing will be considered with the same weight as written statements and supporting information submitted during the public comment period. Comments must be received by January 16, 2018.

Comments on the proposed repeal should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2017-0355, and may be submitted by one of the following methods:

o Online:
Go to https://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for
submitting comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355.

o Email:
Comments may be sent to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov. Include Docket ID No.
EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 in the subject line of the message.

o Fax:
Fax your comments to: (202) 566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQOAR-2017-0355

o Mail:
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) 
Mail Code 28221T,
Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

o Hand/Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Room 3334, EPA WJC West
Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket
ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355. Such deliveries are only accepted during the
Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for
deliveries of boxed information.

For additional information, including the full EPA public comment policy, please visit
https://www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

The Clean Power Plan is designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and thus slow some of the catastrophic effects of climate change. If you are going to comment at the hearing and would like OVEC to share some talking points, e-mail us at info@ohvec.org.

You may recall back in 2014, we asked you to join us as we went to hearings about the implementation of the Clean Power Plan and spoke up for it to be strengthened. In 2015, we stood up to WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Attorney Generals from 23 other states who were  seeking to delay the Clean Power Plan. in 2016, OVEC volunteer Mary Wildfire delivered this impassioned speech outside the DC Circuit Court while a show down on the Clean Power Plan went on inside. 

Now we find ourselves in the situation of having to stridently and urgently speak up to keep the protections enabled by the Clean Power Plan. 

Here’a an excellent read from the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists on how and why the EPA is making this move. Read it for some inspiration for making your own comments: Scott Pruitt’s Cynical Move to Rescind the Clean Power Plan

Some other info that might help inspire your comments:

2017 is set to be among the three hottest years on record—and that’s even worse than it sounds

Here’s a Clean Power Plan fact-sheet archived from the old EPA website, before it was purged of climate science info by the Trump Pruitt EPA. 

Renewable energy is creating US jobs twice as fast as any other industry

100 per cent renewable electricity in reach by 2050 or earlier

White House-approved report concludes humans are behind climate change

Bombshell: Ending Clean Power Plan could kill 100,000 Americans by 2050

Coal is dying — EPA’s Clean Power Plan reversal can’t save it

Climate change already costing U.S. billions, GAO report says

Even Trump’s EPA says Obama’s climate plan would save thousands of lives each year 

As Sierra Club says:

Trump and Scott Pruitt are again putting polluter profits before the health and safety of our communities and the environment, despite overwhelming support of the Clean Power Plan demonstrated by 4.3 million comments, and thousands rallying and testifying in support at listening sessions and public hearings.

And surveys show that 65% of voters in the 2016 election oppose efforts to take away the EPA’s ability to limit carbon pollution from power plants. We need to make sure Trump and Pruitt get the message.

Coal power plant pollution sickens our families and makes climate change worse. The Clean Power Plan will help curb pollution, and prevent 90,000 asthma attacks, 300,000 missed work and school days, and 3,600 premature deaths annually by 2030.  All these impacts disproportionately affect communities of color and low-income families. This means that any attempt to dismantle the Clean Power Plan is an added assault on the most vulnerable populations among us. 

For the health of our families and safety of our future, as monster storms and wildfires pummel our nation, we must keep the Clean Power Plan in place. But Trump’s EPA wants to repeal the Clean Power Plan completely.