New Standards on Carbon Pollution?


Three meetings will be held this week in Montana to “gather ideas” on complying with EPA standards.

The following is a news release from MT DEQ:

Helena, Mont. — The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is holding public meetings to gather ideas on its recently released pathways to compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly-proposed standards on carbon pollution.  
Montanans are invited to attend the meetings to hear from DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning and other agency staff about the department’s whitepaper, which outlines several ways to meet the new standards while protecting the energy jobs Montana currently possesses.  They will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the paper, as well as the model that informed its analysis, which can be downloaded at this link. 

“The whitepaper the Governor asked us to draft is designed to start a conversation about this proposal,” said Director Stone-Manning.  “We wouldn’t move forward without hearing what Montanans think about the challenges and opportunities this draft rule presents, so we look forward to hearing what folks have to say.”  

Here are the dates and places for the meetings: 

Colstrip – September 30, 6-8 PM
Colstrip High Auditorium
5000 Pinebutte Drive

Billings – October 1, 6-8 PM
MSU-Billings Library Building, Room 148 
1500 University Drive 

Missoula – October 2, 6-8 PM 
Best Western Grant Creek Inn, Ponderosa Room
5280 Grant Creek Road

On June 2, 2014, the EPA released a draft rule to raise standards for carbon pollution from energy producing facilities. 

States have until December 1, 2014 to weigh the draft proposal before submitting comments to the EPA. 


Source: Montana DEQ
Posted by Haylie Shipp 



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