Dozens of people rallied outside the State Capitol yesterday to support tougher new EPA proposals for electricity-generating plants. At the same time, Virginia lawmakers were hearing from stakeholders—and trying to determine how the state could be effected if the rules are adopted. There were a lot of questions but few answers.
Senator Dick Saslaw questioned why the EPA won’t give more credit to Virginia’s nuclear power plants in setting its carbon emission reduction targets—hypothetically, even if nuclear power were the ONLY source.
Virginians still have until December 1st to submit their thoughts to the EPA on its proposed Clean Power Plan, and one environmental organization says it has already collected more than 210,000 comments from residents who support the proposals to speed up the elimination of the carbon footprint here. The group also says if people are really environmentally conscious, they don’t have to wait for the government to take action.
Proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions, generating more energy from renewables, and addressing global warming are getting a cold reception from one of the state's most influential agencies. While environmental groups support the regulations, others contend that they're much too burdensome, unrealistic, and aggressive.
Environmentalists are calling on the federal government to investigate the language used by Virginia’s largest utility - Dominion Power.
The company invites customers to support green power by paying an extra fee, but critics say one source of energy included in that program causes more air pollution than coal.
Dominion’s Pittsylvania Power Station is the largest biomass plant in the East - burning 150 truckloads of wood each day. The company has a smaller plant in Wise County and has switched three others from burning coal to biomass. Dan Genest speaks for Dominion.