EJ Forum Statement on the publication of the Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, (202)577-4246, jalonne@weact.org

October 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the first ever policy to limit emissions from power plants, is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register today. This which marks the start of a 90-day comment period on the proposed federal implementation plan (FIP) and model rules. It also opens the door for legal challenges to begin.

Following is a statement from the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change:

The Clean Power Plan is a major milestone to combat climate change by addressing carbon dioxide emissions and other harmful pollutants that are emitted from fossil-fueled power plants across the United States. These plants are primarily located in and near low-income communities and communities of color. Whether states are forced to adopt a FIP or use the Model Rule as a framework for creating their own plan, it is our job to make sure that both options – which currently promote a carbon trading approach to compliance – will make environmental justice a priority. While the EPA believes that a carbon trading approach can get you to compliance, we the people in the most impacted communities believe that it will not get us the health benefits we need to breathe easier and live longer. During the comment period and beyond, we will continue to raise our concerns and demand that achieving environmental justice remains a priority by: reducing emissions at the source; creating meaningful economic opportunities for those most impacted by the old dirty energy economy; and, encouraging a stronger reliance on real renewables like wind and solar and not allow nuclear, biomass, incineration or natural gas to be defined as clean energy. Meaningful engagement with communities vulnerable to climate change coupled with requiring states to conduct a proper analysis to ensure that the health, economic, and environmental benefits that can result from state implementation can and will benefit us all.

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About the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change

The Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change (The EJ Forum) is a national coalition of 42 environmental justice organizations working together to advance climate justice and impact policy to ensure the protection and promotion of communities of color and low-income communities throughout the U.S. Our recommendations for the Clean Power Plan can be found here. Please see the Climate Justice Tool Kit that has been created to help grass roots organizations engage in Clean Power Plan advocacy at the local/state level.

Contact: Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, (202)577-4246, jalonne@weact.org