Northam Administration Takes Steps to Fight Climate Change
Governor Ralph Northam announced a series of actions to help Virginia better address the impacts of carbon pollution from fossil fuels. While at the Global Climate Action Summit, Virginia committed to reducing carbon pollution from the transportation sector, combat ocean acidification and develop a framework for limiting methane leakage from natural gas infrastructure and landfills.
In addition to these three actions, Governor Northam has taken a leadership role in climate-related initiatives in Virginia: working to reduce carbon pollution from large power plants by 30 percent over 10 years, helping electric utilities commit to $1B in solar and wind investments, investing $14M in Virginia's electric vehicle charging infrastructure and permanently authorizing Virginia's Coastal Zone Management Program.
For more information about these initiatives, visit the Governor's newsroom: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2018/september/headline-829610-en.htm
VA GHG program, regulatory public comment complete
The public comment period for the proposed carbon trading rule closed on April 9, 2018. DEQ will now evaluate all comments and consider amendments to the proposed regulation as appropriate. Visit http://deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx for more information.
As part of the public comment period on the proposed carbon trading rule, the department is holding public hearings throughout the state during the month of March. See the public notice (http://deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/PublicNotices/Drafts/c17not.pdf) for details.
The department presentation to the board at the November 16, 2017 meeting and an analysis of potential changes in residential, commercial, and industrial customer electricity bills are now available; see http://deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx.