PA Climate Change Advisory Committee Approves Study of Additional Work Plans

March 3, 2009
by TODD KANTORCZYK and BRYAN FRANEY
MGKF Special Alert

At its February 27, 2009 meeting, the Pennsylvania Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC) approved the study of dozens of additional climate change "work plans" that suggest greenhouse gas reduction measures for many Pennsylvania businesses, including those in the energy, real estate development, transportation, waste, and agriculture industries. A more detailed list of the new work plans can be found here.

Between now and the end of April, the appropriate CCAC subcommittees will evaluate, with the help of a consultant hired by the CCAC, each of these work plans plus other work plans previously proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and then make recommendations to the full CCAC. The full CCAC will then consider the work plans coming out of the subcommittees through the end of June and make final work plan recommendations to DEP. DEP, in turn, will integrate these recommendations into the Climate Change Action Plan that DEP is required to develop and submit to the General Assembly and the Governor under Act 70 by October 9, 2009.

At the February 27 meeting, the CCAC also discussed approaches to public involvement. As currently conceived, there will be discrete opportunities for public involvement as part of the work plan evaluation process. Each of the subcommittees will be allowed to receive input from outside "experts" on the various work plans during their scheduled meetings and conference calls. Once the subcommittees' work is complete, however, the next opportunity for substantive public comment would be after DEP submits the Action Plan to the General Assembly and the Governor. DEP intends to collect the comments at that time and subsequently provide a response document to the General Assembly and the Governor.

If you wish to provide input to a CCAC subcommittee on the GHG work plans, or if you have any questions about this alert, please contact Todd D. Kantorczyk at tkantorczyk@mgkflaw.com; 484-430-2359 or Bryan P. Franey at bfraney@mgkflaw.com; 484-430-2308.