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Public Hearings Give Iowans Opportunity to Send Comments Directly to EPA
(Des Moines) – The Iowa communities of Storm Lake and Des Moines have been chosen to hold citizen field hearings on the newly announced Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants, a major driver of climate change.
The citizen field hearings will be held on Monday, July 14th (Storm Lake) and Tuesday, July 15th (Des Moines) and are sponsored by Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. The EPA has allowed for a 120-day public comment period on the proposed new carbon standards. The field hearings will be transcribed and comments from the hearings will be sent directly to the EPA.
“We continue to see the dangerous effects of climate change every day in Iowa, with communities across the state going from drought conditions to severe flooding in a matter of weeks,” said Susan Guy, Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. “Iowa utility companies, Iowa businesses and the people of Iowa have been working hard over the past decade to limit our carbon footprint, and we are well-prepared to meet the new carbon limits proposed by the EPA. We encourage Iowans to speak up at the hearings in Storm Lake and Des Moines to let their voice be heard on these new carbon safeguards and the importance of acting now on climate change.”
The Storm Lake field hearing will be held at Buena Vista University and moderated by Rick Lampe, retired Department of Biology professor at Buena Vista University.
The Des Moines field hearing will be held at the Franklin Avenue Public Library and moderated by Dr. Yogesh Shah, Associate Dean of the Department of Global Health at Des Moines University.
MONDAY, JULY 14TH, STORM LAKE
WHAT: Public field hearing on proposed new carbon standards moderated by Rick Lampe, retired Department of Biology professor at Buena Vista University.
WHERE: Buena Vista University, 610 W 4th St, Storm Lake, Iowa. Hearing will be held at the Siebens Forum, Room #2. Attendees should park in lot K, on the corner of College Ave. and 3rd St., across from Siebens Forum.
WHEN: Monday, July 14th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM.
TUESDAY, JULY 15TH, DES MOINES
WHAT: Public field hearing on proposed new carbon standards moderated by Dr. Yogesh Shah, Associate Dean of the Department of Global Health at Des Moines University.
WHERE: Franklin Ave. Public Library, 5000 Franklin Ave., Des Moines, Iowa
WHEN: Tuesday, July 15th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM