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DEQ seeks input through community pollution reduction planning meetings

Crystal Graham
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The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will host community meetings throughout the Commonwealth as part of a Climate Pollution Reduction Grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

At these community meetings, DEQ will solicit ideas for measures that could rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Virginia.

The feedback gathered at these meetings will enable DEQ to develop a short-term priority action plan that includes projects that would then compete for part of a $4.3 billion implementation fund.

DEQ will host community meetings across Virginia in December from 6-8 p.m. as follows:

  • Dec. 4 – DEQ Southwest Regional Office
  • Dec. 5 – Danville Community College
  • Dec. 7 – Massanutten Regional Library Central Branch in Harrisonburg
  • Dec. 12 – Eastern Shore Community College
  • Dec. 14 – Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville

DEQ will hold an informal public comment period on the CPRG short-term action plan in January and will develop and submit a Priority Climate Action Plan with potential projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to EPA by March 1.

DEQ is eager to receive ideas regarding opportunities for emission reductions from categories such as:

  • Transportation: Increase the share of electric vehicles and to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • Electric power: Streamline permitting for renewable energy projects.
  • Industrial: Reduce energy demand of industrial facilities.
  • Waste and wastewater management: Reduce methane emissions from landfills and wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Agriculture: Promote green farming practices including anaerobic digesters for methane reduction
  • Carbon removal: Restoration of degraded and forested lands to enhance carbon sequestration.
  • Other: Promote weatherization of homes and energy efficient appliances. Promote food waste reduction programs.

Virginians are encouraged to attend a community meeting, provide questions or comments to [email protected], and complete this survey on priority actions by Jan. 31.

Additional information about CPRG may be viewed on the DEQ CPRG webpage.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.