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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2015

State Officials Need Your Input - S.C. to Hold Public Engagement Session on the State Energy Plan and EPA's Clean Power Plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. - This week in the state's capital city, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff/Energy Office will host a public engagement session on the State Energy Plan and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Clean Power Plan. The session is open to all members of the public. Officials are seeking input in developing an energy plan, as well as how to best manage carbon emissions from existing power plants in South Carolina.

The final of four initial regional forums, the session will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center [1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201].

"These interactive sessions give everyone an opportunity to provide input on our state's energy future," said Myra Reece, DHEC's interim director of environmental affairs. "We highly encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about the EPA's Clean Power Plan to attend Thursday's event."

On Aug. 3, 2015, under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the EPA released the final rule on the Clean Power Plan for existing power plants. The final Clean Power Plan rule requires each state to develop and submit within three years its own plan for reducing carbon emissions. Following the final ruling, these initial public engagement sessions offer an overview of the EPA's final rule and its content, as well as an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on S.C.'s energy future. These sessions serve as a kick-off for additional public engagement to provide continuous feedback throughout the process over the next three years.

"DHEC remains committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure that the development of this national ruling is done in a manner that provides maximum flexibility in development and implementation at the state level, is tailored to meet our state's unique economic challenges, and is right for South Carolina," said Reece.

For more information, visit EPA's Clean Power Plan webpage here or DHEC's webpage on S.C.'s energy future here.

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Cassandra Harris
Public Information Officer
harriscs@dhec.sc.gov
803.898.1127