We encourage you to attend!
On Thursday November 7, 2013 from 3-6pm in Seattle, the EPA will hold one of its 11 “public listening sessions across the country to solicit ideas and input from the public and stakeholders about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants.
“The Clean Air Act gives both EPA and states a role in reducing air pollution from power plants that are already in operation. The law directs EPA to establish guidelines, which states use to design their own programs to reduce emissions. Before proposing guidelines, EPA must consider how power plants with a variety of different configurations would be able to reduce carbon pollution in a cost-effective way.
“The feedback from these 11 public listening sessions will play an important role in helping EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best information available. The agency will seek additional public input during the notice and comment period once it issues a proposal by June 2014.” (from the EPA website )
Comment from a correspondent: “Biomass is being offered by the forest industry as an “interim bridge” for power plants to meet the new proposed EPA carbon limits:
As we’ve seen by evaluating data from EPA’s eGGRT (electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool), the first set of industries in Washington State that were required to submit data reported nearly 32 million metric tons of CO2e emissions (primarily carbon dioxide and methane). However, these facilities are able to report a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions because current EPA rules allow them to simply omit any emissions from wood-based fuels from the calculations without eliminating any CO2 from the air! It’s even worse in the case of pulp and paper mills. The figure is closer to 80%. For instance, Port Townsend Paper reports actual emissions of 32 million metric tons of CO2e, but if the EPA only counts emissions from fossil fuels, 25.5 million metric tons or 82% of their CO2 emissions are definined away — again, without eliminating any CO2 from the air!
We don’t call that cleaning up the air. We call it magical thinking.