Pennsylvania amid listening stages before writing state's Clean Power Plan

By Brett Sholtis, The York Daily Record.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection took official comments from the energy industry, special interest groups and York County residents at a listening session Monday afternoon. The visit, chaired by the DEP secretary, John Quigley, is part of the agency's 14-stop listening tour of the state.

At issue is the federal Clean Power Plan, a bill aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent by 2030. The DEP has until September 2016 to submit its proposal to the governor's office showing how Pennsylvania will meet the plan's requirements.

"We're in full listening mode, and will be until November," Quigley said in an interview. "Then we'll be picking up the pen."