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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to members of the media at the White House on June 2.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it will hold a public hearing later this month in Charleston on the Trump administration’s effort to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The EPA announced in a press release that the public hearing would be held Nov. 28-29, and could be extended to Nov. 30, if the agency receives “a high volume” of requests to speak.

The agency said that the hearing would be held at the state Capitol Complex, but that a specific location there had not been finalized.

The EPA encouraged anyone who wants to speak to register in advance. Registration will begin once the hearing notice is published in the Federal Register and close on Nov. 16, the agency said. People will be contacted about speaking slots via email starting on Nov. 17, the EPA said.

The EPA announced on Oct. 10 that it would move to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and the hearing is part of the formal process of doing that. The EPA said it may hold additional hearings at other locations, but that those would be announced later.

During the Obama administration, some coalfield political leaders criticized the EPA for not holding a public hearing in West Virginia about the Clean Power Plan. Hearings were held in Pittsburgh, Denver, Washington and Atlanta.

“The EPA is headed to the heart of coal country to hear from those most impacted by the CPP and get their comments on the proposed repeal rule,” agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday. “The agency looks forward to hearing from all interested stakeholders.”

Reach Ken Ward Jr. at kward@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1702 or follow @kenwardjr on Twitter.

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