Thursday, October 24, 2013 (5pm-7pm)

NH TO VOICE SUPPORT FOR EPA’S CARBON POLLUTION STANDARDS AT COMMUNITY HEARING

Location: Community Room - AUNE

Local groups and residents will show their support for the recently-proposed carbon pollution standards at local community hearing, calling on EPA to hold industrial polluters accountable

Keene, NH OCT 24, 2013; Witnesses from all walks of lifeincluding health experts, labor leaders, industry leaders and environmental advocateswill testify before a community hearing or a mock hearing on Thursday at Antioch University in the Community Room, 40 Avon Street, Keene, in support of the recently-unveiled national carbon pollution standards for future power plants. While this is not an officially sanctioned Environmental Protection Agency hearing, any written testimony will be submitted to the EPA after the hearing.

We have seen in New Hampshire extreme weather events destroying roads and bridges; mild winter patterns affecting wildlife like moose and bird migration; asthma attacks and other chronic breathing illnesses triggered by warmer temperatures worsened by air pollution; and creative solutions such as group net metering proposals and strategic planning solutions.

Thursday’s mock hearing comes after President Obama took action in June on climate change by announcing the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution from future power plants, as well as infrastructure improvements to deal with the effects of climate change, and new investments in clean energy and energy efficiency. The Administration is set to release similar standards for our nation’s existing power plants next year.

Partners in the I Will #ActOnClimate campaign, which include the New Hampshire Sierra Club, Mom’s Clean Air Force, National Wildlife Federation, Union of Concerned Scientists and Environment America, are hosting this mock hearing in Keene, as well as for other communities across the country, to highlight the growing need for local and federal action to address climate change. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

WHAT:      Community Hearing: To Support the EPA’s recently unveiled Carbon Pollution Standard For Future Power Plants

WHO:        Speakers include
Patrick Bird, Environmental Protection Agency
Christa Daniels, Adjunct Professor at Antioch University New England;
Michael Simpson, Chair Environmental Studies Department, Antioch University New England;
Meade Cadot, Biologist of the Harris Center in Hancock, NH;
NH State Senator Molly Kelly,
NH State Representative John Mann of Alstead,
NH State Representative Harry Young of Jaffrey,
NH State Representative Marjorie Shepardson of Marlborough; Madeline Page, Environment America;
Eric Orff, Biologist from National Wildlife Federation;
Yvonne Nanasi, Mom’s Clean Air Force;
Keene area residents; and
Open to the public

WHEN:       Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 5PM until 7PM

WHERE:     The Community Room at Antioch University, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH

To schedule interviews prior to or after the event, or for more information about the hearing, contact Catherine M. Corkery, 603-491-1929, catherine.corkery@sierraclub.org    

For More Information

Catherine M. Corkery
603-491-1929