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Environmental Quality Board

Public Participation in the Regulatory Process

Public participation is encouraged during the regulatory process. Interested persons can submit written comments on a proposed regulation using our online comment system or by postal mail. For some proposed rulemakings, public hearings are also held where testimony can be provided. See below for more details.

Proposed Regulations

Regulations Currently Open for Comment

To view regulations open for comment, please visit eComment and click the Regulations radio button.

The following proposed rulemaking will be open for comment from November 7, 2020, through January 14, 2021:

CO2 Budget Trading Program

  • Public hearings are scheduled for December 8, 9, 10, 11 and 14. Please see registration information under the Public Hearings heading below. 

The following proposed rulemaking will be open for comment through November 30, 2020:

Control of VOC Emissions from Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (Stage I and Stage II)

How to Submit Comments

There are four convenient methods for submitting comments to the EQB:

Online Comments (preferred)

Comments may be submitted to the EQB by accessing eComment.

Note regarding eComment: If an acknowledgement of comments submitted online is not received by the sender within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB to ensure receipt.

Email Comments

Comments may be submitted to the EQB by sending comments to RegComments@pa.gov. A subject heading of the proposed rulemaking and a name and address must be included with each transmission.

Note regarding emailed comments: If an acknowledgement of comments submitted via email is not received by the sender within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB to ensure receipt.

Written Comments

Written comments can also be mailed to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477.

All comments must be received by the EQB on or before the close of the public comment period.

Public Hearings

For some proposed regulations, public hearings will be held. Public hearings provide individuals with an opportunity to give verbal testimony regarding a proposed regulation. All relevant written and verbal comments that are received at a public hearing will be considered when finalizing a regulation.

Proposed Rulemaking – CO2 Budget Trading Program

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s emergency disaster declaration and based on advice from the Pennsylvania Department of Health regarding the mitigation of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the EQB will hold ten virtual public hearings to accept public comment on this proposed rulemaking.

Sign up to Provide Testimony at a Public Hearing

Persons wishing to present verbal testimony at a hearing must complete the two-step registration process below. 

  1. Contact Jennifer Swan for the Department and the Board at (717) 783-8727 or RA-EPEQB@pa.gov at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing to sign up to present testimony.  Please allow 24 hours for a response confirming you are signed up for the hearing you requested. 
  2. Select the appropriate link below to register through WebEx for the date and time that you signed up to speak. 

The hearings will be held as follows:

Addresses and phone numbers for all persons wishing to provide virtual testimony are required, as well as the name of the organization for which they will be testifying (if applicable). 

  • Registration to testify at a hearing is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at only one hearing. 
  • Verbal testimony is limited to 5 minutes for each witness.
  • Video demonstrations and screen sharing by witnesses will not be permitted.

Individuals who testify are requested to submit written copy of their verbal testimony by e-mail to RegComments@pa.gov after providing testimony at the hearing.

Listening to Public Hearings without Providing Testimony

Members of the public wishing to only observe the public hearing without providing testimony can do so by registering through WebEx using the link provided above or via telephone using the number and access codes listed below.  Please note, only those who have registered with Jennifer Swan, as described above, will provide testimony. All others will remain muted for the duration of the hearing.

Those persons who only wish to listen to a public hearing via telephone may access each hearing by calling (415) 655-0003 and entering the access code for that specific hearing, as listed below:

  • December 8, 2020, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Access code: 132 808 1994
  • December 8, 2020, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Access code: 132 551 3793
  • December 9, 2020, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Access code: 132 204 7639
  • December 9, 2020, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Access code: 132 884 3985
  • December 10, 2020, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Access code: 132 315 3343
  • December 10, 2020, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Access code: 132 536 1000
  • December 11, 2020, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Access code: 132 341 6215
  • December 11, 2020, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Access code: 132 725 0967
  • December 14, 2020, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Access code: 132 043 8627
  • December 14, 2020, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Access code: 132 984 8631

Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact the Board at (717) 783-8727 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Board may accommodate their needs.
Language interpretation services are available upon request.  Persons in need of language interpretation services must contact Jennifer Swan by 5 p.m. on December 1, 2020.

For additional information regarding the Department’s hosting of virtual public hearings, please click here

What Happens at the Close of the Comment Period

DEP reviews all comments and drafts a formal comment and response document. The comment and response document then becomes part of the package for the final regulation. The formal comment and response document will be distributed to the EQB and available publicly prior to the EQB meeting when the final rulemaking will be considered.

To view public comments submitted to the EQB, please visit eComment or the Independent Regulatory Review Commission's Regulations Search page. Using the Agency Name search field, select Environmental Quality Board.

Regulatory Agenda

DEP Regulatory Update (PDF)

Regulatory Agenda - Commonwealth Agencies under the Governor's Jurisdiction