On his first day in office, Governor Glenn Youngkin issued an Executive Order with the intention of removing Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), as enacted by Virginia's General Assembly in 2020.
In this most recent General Assembly session, VCCA members and our allies in the environmental conservation community were successful in defeating legislation aimed at repealing Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
But Virginia's participation in RGGI and the fight for a clean energy economy is far from over.
Where are we in the process: In December 2022, the Air Pollution Control Board voted to put out for public comment a proposed regulation that would repeal the regulation required for Virginia’s participation in RGGI. That proposed regulation was reviewed by the executive branch and the public will now have until March 31 to comment on this notice.
VCCA collaborated with the UVA School of Law Environmental Law Clinic to prepare and submit these comments on the proposed regulation to withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Read the whole document below: