Clean Power Plan Public Participation in Tennessee
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan establishes nationally uniform carbon dioxide emission performance rates for fossil fuel-fired power plants. As the regulatory agency in Tennessee that implements programs under the Clean Air Act, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will be responsible for developing and providing Clean Power Plan submittals to the EPA.
The Clean Power Plan requires states to submit a plan for compliance or an initial plan and request for extension to EPA by September 6, 2016. A demonstration or description of meaningful engagement with stakeholders, including vulnerable communities, and opportunities for public comment are requirements for both an initial plan submittal and request for extension as well as a final plan submittal. To fulfill these requirements, TDEC has designed a number of stakeholder outreach activities.
Public Education and Listening Sessions
****UPDATE 2/16/16**** TDEC had planned to host public education and listening sessions regarding the Clean Power Plan and its implementation in Tennessee at a number of locations across the state in Spring 2016. However, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to stay the rule and in an effort to utilize state resources efficiently, TDEC is postponing these public education and listening sessions until a later date. Dates, times, and locations of any future sessions will be posted on this page. In the interim, TDEC encourages the submission of comments via the Clean Power Plan Comments page.
Air Board Updates
TDEC will be providing regular updates to the Air Pollution Control Board regarding Tennessee’s Clean Power Plan planning progress and submittals. Please visit the Air Pollution Control Board page for additional information on upcoming board meetings.
Clean Power Plan Comments
TDEC has developed a web-based form to allow Tennesseans to submit comments regarding the state’s compliance with the Clean Power Plan. All comments are received by TDEC’s Clean Power Plan team for review. Individual responses to comments submitted to TDEC will not be provided for the purposes of the initial plan submittal. Submit Clean Power Plan Comments to TDEC.