Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will host a public meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 2018, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St., Wilmington.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for Delawareans and citizens of other East Coast states to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to repeal the federal Clean Power Plan.

The goal of the plan is to reduce carbon pollution from coal-, oil- and natural gas-burning power plants, which have been scientifically-proven as contributing to climate change. Delaware is experiencing the effects of climate change. Because EPA has refused to provide a reasonable venue for Delawareans and others along the East Coast to voice their opinions on the proposed CPP repeal, DNREC has chosen to conduct a listening session enabling that opportunity.

The EPA has held a public hearing only in Charleston, West Virginia, and though additional hearings are planned for the Midwest and California, none are to take place on the East Coast. Comments from the Delaware public meeting will be submitted in the form of a transcript on behalf of all who speak on the proposed repeal to EPA’s federal docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355.

DNREC’s Division of Air Quality, which is hosting the listening session for comment on the CPP, anticipates limiting each speaker to five minutes, but time may be adjusted, depending on the number of people who register to speak. Speakers are encouraged to register no later than Jan. 5, 2018, by emailing valerie.gray@state.de.us.

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