NYSDEC extends public comment period on global warming

Comments Will Be Accepted Until March 13, 2007

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Wednesday announced that it is providing the public an additional 60 days to offer their comments on a preliminary global warming rule that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants – a major contributor to global warming. The new deadline for comments is March 13, 2007.Under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, seven Northeast states agreed to implement a cap-and-trade program that will be the first mandatory cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas pollution in United States history. A preliminary draft regulatory proposal was released by DEC on December 5, 2006. The additional time will allow more New Yorkers to offer their views on this critical issue.

Public comments should be submitted to: NYRGGI@gw.dec.state.ny.us or can be mailed to: Department of Environmental Conservation, Climate Change Office, 14th floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233.

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