WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday the four public hearings scheduled this week on the proposed Clean Power Plan are an important part of the process. McCarthy spoke with reporters ahead of the hearings.

“I feel like we have received tremendous opportunity for comment and tremendous comments into the process already. We are excited to have these public hearings,” McCarthy said.

The hearings will be two days each; Tuesday and Wednesday in Atlanta, Denver and Washington, D.C. The fourth hearing is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Pittsburgh.

McCarthy announced the Clean Power Plant earlier this year. It takes aim at carbon emissions from existing power plants like those in West Virginia. It’s predicted by 2030 the emissions will be 30 percent below 2005 levels. Supporters of coal in West Virginia have said the plan could be the knockout blow for their industry.

Administrator McCarthy continued to maintain Monday the new rule will create jobs across the U.S. in clean energy production.

West Virginia will be well-represented at the Pittsburgh hearing Thursday. Coal supporters are chartering buses, the UMWA plans a rally and environmental interests also plan to attend. They see the proposed rule as a starting point.

McCarthy said the EPA has already received 300,000 comments on the proposal. The agency expects approximately 1,600 residents to attend the hearings.

“This plan is important but listening to people right now is the most important thing for EPA and I think the country to understand what the American public wants to see EPA do here,” she said.

The EPA has already received a lot of support for the flexibility the proposal provides to states according to McCarthy.

“Flexibility is a key to this. It allows each to succeed. It allows states to take action individually and regionally and we’re getting overwhelming support for that type of approach,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy will not be attending any of the hearings in person. She said Monday that would be unprecedented for an EPA administrator to do so.

The following is the hearing schedule:
July 29 and July 30, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (EST)

Omni Hotel at CNN Center

North Tower, Level M4

100 CNN Center

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Phone: (404) 659-0000

 

July 29 and July 30, 2014

Denver, Colorado

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (MDT)

EPA Region 8 Building

1595 Wynkoop Street

Denver, CO 80202

 

July 29 and July 30, 2014

Washington, DC

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (EST)

William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153

1201 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20004

 

July 31 and August 1, 2014

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (EST)

William S. Moorhead Federal Building, Room 1310

1000 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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  • Drama Queen Conservative Troll

    Learn a lesson from the city of Charleston. Failure to plan for the future will be the further demise of the WV economy. This place could become a forerunner in clean energy. Instead, we will continue to allow big coal to push all of the buttons.

    Don't worry too much Big Coal. Rick Perry is speaking your language. There will be war in Iran and deregulation of the energy sector if he gets in. Happy days will be here again !

    • dolphin3111

      Drama, I doln't think you know what "clean energy" is.

      Is CO2 dirty? Yes or know.

    • Aaron

      What clean energy? It's easy to say that but I've yet to see anyone back up trivial statements of just how they can feasibly replace 35% of electrical generation with this myth they call clean energy. B

  • Hop'sHip

    The last administration did authoritarism right. Cheney would just meet with industry people and ask them what they wanted and then wrote the policy. No pretense of caring what anyone else thought. They wouldn't even reveal who they met with. Oh for the good old days.

  • Mountain Navy

    Seen Tennants today saying she is for coal and that Obama will get the message. BAHAHAHAHA. What liar she will vote to end coal period. What ever Obama wants she will be a mouth piece.

    • Jason412

      I'm watching Fox & Friends and they just brought Natalie Tenant on, replaying that commercial several times. She's definitely getting the publicity out of it.

  • I'm honest at least

    It amazes me we try to teach our kids honesty. This lady lies everytime she opens her mouth. I agree she needs to have these public comment sessions in the heart of the coal belt. If not she is a coward.

  • The bookman

    As wire stated a while ago, this a dog and pony show. The decision has been made. These meetings are simply dotting the i's and crossing the t's.

    • Tim C

      +2

    • ViennaGuy

      +1

  • Jordan Maynard

    That woman said the most important thing is listening to the people and everyone is gonna say the same thing WE NEED COAL so why don't the EPA loosen the reins up on coal fire plants because this country needs coal and coal is gonna be around forever.

    I'M A PROUD SUPPORTER OF COAL

    COAL KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON!!!

  • Aaron

    At it's core, this is nothing more than cap and trade. Even I can see that.

  • ViennaGuy

    Yeah, she's so excited to have these hearings that she refused to hold one in the heart of coal country, i.e. West Virginia and Kentucky.

    • Jason412

      PA produces is right behind Kentucky in coal production, most of which is mined in SW PA. Pittsburgh its self might not be coal country, but SW PA is.

      • The bookman

        But isn't that what Vienna guy was saying? Pittsburgh isn't in the heart of coal country. It is on the outside of the coal production region.

        And the other rub is that she will not be in attendance. She hides behind the curtain of the lack of a precedent for her attendance, but isn't the scope of these regulations unprecedented as well? Regardless, I welcome the decision, and the implementation of her decision as well. Sometimes it is necessary to take a step backward before moving forward. If our nation is to move forward without coal, or fracking, then let us glimpse what that nation will look like. At that point, we will see what level of discomfort our citizens can withstand.

    • Shadow

      That the way Obummer wants it. No audience participation.