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.
The E-P-A’s new rule to drastically curb carbon pollution is now playing a key role in the Virginia Senate race.
It was no secret here at the Capitol the E-P-A was getting ready to roll out its new rule to limit carbon emissions. But that doesn't mean incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner is ready to take a stance. "I'm still looking at - I still think we need to look at it. I'm glad they're giving 120 days for the comment because it's obviously very complicated and got huge implications."