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EPA Hearing


A banner image showing smoke stacks with the CTA "Your Voice is Critical"

Under direction from the current Administration, the EPA is proposing a new rule to weaken regulations on coal power plants, replacing the Clean Power Plan of 2015.


This proposed rule – the so-called Affordable Clean Energy Rule – will cause up to 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 due to increases in pollution, according to estimates provided by the Administration.


The only public hearing in the entire country on this proposed rule was held in Chicago on Monday, October 1st. Read more about the hearing in this blog post.


As people of faith leading the environmental movement towards justice, it is important that we speak out for clean air, clean water, and the health of our communities.


Along with people of many different faiths across the country through the national organization, Interfaith Power & Light (of which Faith in Place is the Illinois affiliate), you can add your voice as a faithful advocate.


Public Comment Period


Even if you are unable to attend the hearing on Monday, October 1st, your voice is still critical to speak out against this proposal.


Submit an official comment to the EPA Deadline to submit: October 31, 2018


Your comment will be emailed to the EPA Docket and will be published on the EPA's website as part of the public comment process.


Written statements and supporting information submitted during the comment period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing.


Public Hearing


The EPA will hold a public hearing on Monday, October 1, 2018 from 9:00am to 8:00pm in Chicago at the Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 West Jackson Blvd.


Each commenter will have five minutes to provide oral testimony. You must register in order to provide oral testimony. The deadline to register was September 24th. However, you are welcome to attend the hearing, as it is open to the public. Please note that you will have to go through security and no signs are allowed in the building.


If you signed up to speak, please contact us at info@faithinplace.org to let us know so that we can support you in preparing your testimony.

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