Acceptance of Recommendation
[44 Pa.B. 5679]
[Saturday, August 30, 2014]
On August 19, 2014, the Environmental Quality Board (Board) accepted the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) recommendation not to accept a petition for rulemaking. This decision is in response to a petition submitted by Ashley Funk (petitioner) that requested the establishment of a rule in this Commonwealth to regulate fossil fuel carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and to establish an emissions reduction strategy that proposed to further reduce atmospheric concentrations of CO2 by 2100.
The decision to accept the recommendation to deny the petition was based on a report prepared by the Department and subsequent comments provided by the petitioner. The Department determined, and the Board concurred, that the Commonwealth is making a committed effort to implement a variety of initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Commonwealth has implemented, and will continue to evaluate and implement, a number of cost-effective GHG reduction strategies for all major source categories. In addition, as National policies or regulations are adopted, they will be implemented by the Commonwealth. Further, adopting the measures recommended in the petition for the Commonwealth will not achieve the emissions reductions proposed in the petition and, thus, adoption of these measures is not practical at this time. The Department affirmed to the petitioner that it will continue to evaluate and implement cost-effective GHG emission reduction strategies in order to protect the health and environmental resources in this Commonwealth.
The previously-referenced recommendation is included in a report that is accessible on the Department's web site at www.dep.state.pa.us (Select ''Public Participation Center''; ''The Environmental Quality Board''; ''EQB Meeting Schedule 2014'').
E. CHRISTOPHER ABRUZZO,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-1815. Filed for public inspection August 29, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]
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