President Obama announced in January that he was asking the EPA to reconsider a December 2007 decision by the Bush Administration's to deny California an emissions rules waiver (for background, read this). Today, the EPA is holding a (the first?) public hearing on the subject in Arlington, Virginia (for specifics, click past the jump). Earlier this year, we heard that the EPA would accept comments from the public for at least 45 to 60 days, but the comment period ends on April 6.
The good news? The EPA says it "will consider written comments submitted during the comment period with the same weight as oral comments presented during the public hearing." Find out how to submit comments here, and get your typing fingers ready.

[Source: EPA]

PRESS RELEASE:

EPA Hearing on California Greenhouse Gas Waiver

Release Date: 03/03/2009

Contact Information for All Other Inquiries: Justin Cohen cohen.justin@epa.gov

What: EPA will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 5 in Arlington, Va., regarding the agency's reconsideration of California 's request to regulate greenhouse gases from automobiles.

Where: EPA Potomac Yard South Conference Center , 2777 Crystal Drive , Room S-1204, Arlington , VA 22202 .

When: Thursday, March 5, 9:30 a.m. and will continue into the afternoon to accommodate all members of the public who wish to comment.

Written comments will be accepted until April 6, 2009. EPA will consider written comments submitted during the comment period with the same weight as oral comments presented during the public hearing.

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/climate/ca-waiver.htm


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