The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a public meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16 in Room A112, Wing A, Delaware Technical Community College Stanton Campus, 400 Stanton Christiana Road, Newark.

The meeting enable Delawareans to express their opinion about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to deny the state’s 126(b) Clean Air Act petitions aimed at reducing air pollution that comes into Delaware after originating elsewhere.

DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin scheduled the July 16 public meeting in response to EPA’s refusal to provide a more convenient venue to Delawareans for voicing their opinion of EPA’s proposed denial of the CAA petitions, and also on account of EPA’s sharply limiting the public comment period for the agency’s proposed actions. EPA held a public hearing in Washington, D.C., on June 22 — 15 days after the agency announced it would deny Delaware’s Clean Air Act petitions — failing to act on both Garvin’s requests for not less than 45 days for public comment and a later date for EPA’s hearing to be held in Delaware.

“We are holding this meeting to provide an opportunity for the public to comment about the transmission of air pollution from out of state into Delaware,” said Garvin. “The department has pursued — and will continue to pursue — voluntary and collaborative efforts with partner states to ensure upwind power plants meet the same stringent standards Delaware is required to meet. All Delawareans would agree that it is now time for EPA to hold upwind sources accountable for ozone emissions that are impacting downwind states.”

Comments from the public meeting will be submitted to EPA in the form of a transcript on behalf of all who speak on the proposed denial of the CAA petitions, to EPA’s federal docket (EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0295). More information from EPA on its proposed denial of Delaware’s 126(b) petitions can be found at bit.ly/2N4omFI. Acting Director David Fees, of DNREC’s Division of Air Quality, gave testimony on Delaware’s behalf at EPA’s public hearing in Washington, D.C., that can be found at bit.ly/2L7WJv3.

Members of the public interested in speaking at the meeting are asked to sign up by July 12 by sending an email to Valerie.Gray@state.de.us of the Division of Air Quality. Written comments about the EPA’s proposed denial of the 126(b) petitions also can be submitted to Gray via email through July 13.

More information about the meeting can be found at bit.ly/2ucLue9.