The following is from Mothers Out Front in preparation for an upcoming hearing at MassDEP this Wednesday, November 2. Read below for more info:
There are 3 ways you can tell our Department of Environmental Protection to cut our greenhouse gas emissions faster, make better regulations, and make our state cleaner.
- Show up.
- Call in.
- Send comments.
Scroll all the way down for more info on the process. Now for the actions . . .
Our Department of Environmental Protection isn’t expecting us. Let’s show them how we show up!
They don’t usually get a good crowd at their hearings, but this one is about our children—their health, their safety, and their environment—so we’ll be there.
Join us! And wear your Mothers Out Front T-shirt.
Wednesday, November 2
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
1 Winter Street, Boston
The DEP would like to know you’re coming. Please RSVP here.
So would we! Please RSVP to us by clicking here!
You can attend all day from 10am-5pm, but we’re focusing on these two sessions:
- 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Methane leaks from the natural gas distribution system
- 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: General stakeholder discussion
Two mothers and many allies are ready to testify.
You can see the complete schedule here.
Can’t be there? You can call in, especially 10-11am to hear the overview and 3-5pm to hear about gas leaks and then general comments.
MassDEP will post a call in number here.
Let’s flood our DEP with messages from mothers!
Whether or not you can show up or call in, we can ALL submit comments about why the DEP needs to cut GHG emissions fast. Why does it matter to you?
Please submit comments here by Wednesday, but the sooner the better!
MORE INFO ON THE HEARING
MassDEP has to set rapidly declining limits on our state’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The energy omnibus bill, the Supreme Judicial Court decision, and Baker’s Executive Order 569 all require the DEP to develop declining emissions caps. They have to enact regulations fast and find effective ways to meet the requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act to radically reduce emissions by 2020. There’s not much time!
Two hearings are scheduled: Nov 2 in Boston and Nov 3 in Worchester.
These hearings are framed as stakeholder sessions.
The DEP will then issue proposed regulations and invite public comment.
They need to finalize these new rules by the summer.
Massachusetts Leadership Team
Anne, Debbie, Eugenia, Maura, Randi and Sue