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Virginia takes steps to regulate greenhouse gas emissions

Climate Change and Energy, CoalLydia SullivanComment

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing new regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power generation. This week DEQ will present its proposal for a market-based program to the state's Air Pollution Control Board. 

The nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) released a statement applauding Virginia's progress on capping greenhouse emissions. "[W]e are pleased to note that it appears consistent with the RGGI program in a number of key ways," the statement said. "The RGGI states have held productive and collaborative conversations with Virginia representatives as they crafted their regulation, and look forward to continuing those conversations as Virginia’s program design process advances."

RGGI is a successful “cap and invest” program that since 2009 has been reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

A detailed accounting of the public health benefits attributable to the reduction in air pollution from RGGI reveals substantial improvements in health. More information on RGGI's health benefits can be found in Chesapeake PSR's Health and Energy Brief, Health Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).