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Atlanta Clean Power Plan Public Hearing Location Changed Due To Power Outage

Release Date: 07/28/2014
Contact Information: Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main) harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

ATLANTA – As the result of a large scale power outage at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, EPA will hold the July 29 and 30, 2014, Atlanta Clean Power Plan public hearings at the Omni Hotel. While repairs are underway at the Federal Center, there is no guarantee the facility will be fully operational in time for the hearings. This led to the agency’s decision to change locations.

The hearing dates and times have not changed. The new location is adjacent to the CNN Center subway (MARTA) stop, and a short walk from the Federal Center. Parking is available at and around the hotel. EPA staff will be on hand at the Federal Center to direct attendees to the new hearing venue. Details for the new location are provided below.

WHO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

WHAT: Public hearing in Atlanta on the Proposed Clean Power Plan

WHEN: July 29-30, 2014

The hearings will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

WHERE: The Omni Hotel at CNN Center
North Tower, Level M4
100 CNN Center
190 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: (404) 659-0000

Map and Directions to the Omni Hotel can be found at:
http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/AtlantaCNNCenter/MapAndDirections.aspx

MEDIA RSVP: All media who would like to attend the public hearing in Atlanta should RSVP to press@epa.gov by 5 p.m. EDT on July 28. Please bring media credentials and allow additional time to enter the facility. A large number of attendees are expected, and space will be first-come, first-serve.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding four, two-day public hearings, across the country on the proposed Clean Power Plan during the week of July 28, 2014. The hearings will be held in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh, and will provide the opportunity for interested parties to comment on the proposed rule before it takes effect. The Atlanta hearing will be held on July 29 and 30.

At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, EPA released the Clean Power Plan, which for the first time seeks to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States by 30 percent by 2030. The proposal will protect public health, move the United States toward a cleaner environment and fight climate change while supplying Americans with reliable and affordable power.

EPA has received nearly 300,000 comments on the proposal, and anticipates hearing oral comments from about 1,600 people. Each location will have two rooms to accommodate attendees and as many speakers as possible. People can comment on the proposal by email, fax or letter: EPA considers all comments equally, no matter how they are submitted. The comment period on the proposal is open until October 16, 2014.

Speaking schedules will be posted prior to the meeting: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/forms/public-hearings-clean-power-plan-proposed-rule

Instructions for submitting comments in writing: http://go.usa.gov/XzNH