MEDIA ADVISORY: States to Host Their Own Clean Power Plan Hearings After EPA Ignores Requests

Delaware: January 8 in Wilmington
New York: January 9 in New York City
Maryland: January 11 in Annapolis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2018
Contact: stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu

Washington, D.C.— After requests for additional public hearings in their states were ignored by the Environmental Protection Agency, several states will hold "People's Hearings" on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan. Delaware, Maryland and New York will hold hearings over the next two weeks.

"States are taking matters into their own hands after EPA's Scott Pruitt ignored multiple requests to host public hearings on his plan to dismantle the Clean Power Plan," said David J. Hayes, executive director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center and former Interior deputy secretary. "While claiming to respect state-based environmental decision-making, Pruitt is pushing a federal override of carbon pollution solutions that progressive states have crafted under the Clean Power Plan. These hearings will provide a much-needed forum for more voices to show how implementing the Clean Power Plan will turbocharge a clean energy economy that brings investment, jobs and energy security. State attorneys general are doing everything in their power to defend the landmark Clean Power Plan and stand ready to sue if and when repeal is finalized." 

 
DELAWARE
 
WHO:
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

WHAT: 
public meeting and listening session to allow Delawareans to voice their views on the EPA's proposal to repeal the current plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.
  
WHERE:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison St
Wilmington, DE

WHEN: 
Monday, January 8, 2018
10:00am

 
NEW YORK
 

WHO:
New York State Office of the Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman
New York City Office of the Mayor, Bill de Blasio

WHAT:
New York City “People’s Hearing” on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan

WHERE:
The New School – Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Session 1 (2:30pm-5:00pm)
Session 2 (6:00pm-8:00pm)
 

MARYLAND
 
WHO:
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller
Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch 

WHAT: 
hearing on the Trump Administration's proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan to address the environmental and economic impact on the State of Maryland of the proposed repeal and will ensure Marylanders' voices are heard on this important measure.  

WHERE:
Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building
Annapolis, MD

WHEN: 
Thursday, January 11, 2018
1:00pm to 4:30pm


BACKGROUND
State attorneys general, led by AG Schneiderman, have vowed to sue if the Administration proceeds with repealing the Clean Power Plan. This fall, six state attorneys general sent letters to Administrator Pruitt seeking hearings in their states. 


ABOUT THE STATE IMPACT CENTER: The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center is a non-partisan Center at the NYU School of Law that is dedicated to helping state attorneys general fight against regulatory rollbacks and advocate for clean energy, climate change, and environmental values and protections. It was launched in August 2017 with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. For more information, visit http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/state-impact.