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Thursday, September 3, 2015

DEP to Hold 14 Listening Sessions on the Clean Power Plan

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is announcing more than a dozen listening sessions and a 2-month comment period on the federal Clean Power Plan to hear from Pennsylvanians about the plan to cut carbon pollution. Fourteen listening sessions in locations across the state will take place between September and November.

“We want to hear from the people of Pennsylvania and all stakeholders as we prepare a Pennsylvania-centric plan to comply with the Clean Power Plan,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley. “Governor Wolf is committed to making the Clean Power Plan work for Pennsylvania and these listening sessions will help meet that goal. We strongly believe we can reduce carbon emissions statewide and address climate change in fair and smart ways that take into account legitimate concerns of all parties.”

In addition to the listening sessions, DEP will accept comments on Pennsylvania’s compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan through November 12, 2015. DEP is soliciting comments on the Clean Energy Incentive Program component of the CPP and on the EPA-proposed Federal Plan that serves as a model rule for states developing their state plans. DEP is also soliciting comments on specific compliance related questions which are available on the Department website.

Comment submissions can be made here: or emailed to or mailed to 400 Market Street P.O. Box 2063 Harrisburg, PA 17105.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will also hold a webinar on the Clean Power Plan at 10 a.m. on Wednesday September 9, 2015. Speakers will include DEP Secretary John Quigley and DEP Policy Director Patrick McDonnell. To register, please click here.

The listening sessions will begin September 15. Participants wishing to speak must register at 717-787-8727. 

October 29, 2015: Erie County                                        
o 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
o Hirt Auditorium at Blasco Library
o 160 East Front Street
o Erie, PA 16507

October 30, 2015: Clarion County                                   
o 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
o Clarion University
o Corner of Payne St & Wilson Ave
o Clarion, PA 16214

October 30, 2015: Clearfield County                               
o 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
o Penn State Dubois
o 7 Hiller Building – Auditorium
o One College Place
o Dubois, PA 15801

November 4, 2015: Lycoming County                            
o 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
o Penn College – Williamsport
o Mountain Laurel Room
o One College Avenue
o Williamsport, PA 17701

For more information on upcoming listening sessions, please visit the DEP Calendar of Events.

For questions concerning the comment period and listening sessions, contact the DEP Policy Office at 717-783-8727. The schedule for the sessions is also available through the Department’s website at

Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should  contact the Department at 717-783-8727, or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD users), or 1-800-654-5988 (voice users), to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.

1 comment:

There is a big bad job killing Wolf in Harrisburg said...

This guy will listen but he won't HEAR!! He wants to kill coal, kill oil, kill natural gas. That is why he formed his pipeline advisory committee. He wants to stifle the building of pipelines to limit the delivery of ABUNDANT, CLEAN BURNING, JOB MAKING PENNSYLVANIA'S NATURAL GAS. Instead of subsidizing wind and solar, subsidize the building of carbon sequestration methods to allow the burning of PENNSYLVANIA COAL. He wants to eliminate the mom and pop oil companies that provide 1,000s of local jobs, they buy equipment locally, they pay taxes, they donate to charities etc. MR. WOLF, THERE IS MORE TO THIS STATE THAN PHILADELPHIA AND PITTSBURGH. There are real people working real jobs that depend on these fuel sources. Work WITH them, not AGAINST them.