EPA to take public input on reducing carbon pollution from power plants

LENEXA, Kan. – EPA Region 7 will host one of 11 national listening sessions from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4, in Lenexa, Kan., to solicit input from the public about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants.

The session will include EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks, key EPA officials, and more than 200 attendees, including representatives from environmental advocacy groups, utilities, environmental engineering contractors; private citizens and elected officials.

The listening session will begin with brief introductory remarks by EPA at 4 p.m., followed by public input about reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are the nation’s largest stationary source of carbon pollution, responsible for about one-third of all greenhouse gas pollution in the United States.

The President’s Climate Action Plan takes steady and responsible steps to cut the harmful carbon pollution that fuels a changing climate while continuing to provide affordable, reliable energy.

The feedback from a series of 11 public listening sessions held nationwide, including the one in Lenexa, will play an important role in helping EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best information available. The agency will seek additional public input during the notice and comment period once it issues a proposal, by June 2014.

The session will be at the U.S. EPA Region 7, 11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, KS 66219. Note that this is a secure facility requiring attendees to have valid photo ID and undergo airport-level screening. Potential weapons, including pocket knives, will not be allowed inside the facility.

Parking is available in EPA guest parking lot just off Renner Boulevard.

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