Virginia board votes to leave regional climate group

Virginia Democrats voted to join the regional partnership in 2020.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Virginia’s Air Pollution Control Board voted Wednesday to leave a mandatory program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in several Northeastern and New England, fulfilling a key campaign promise made by Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) two years ago.

The board voted to end the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an effort by those states to cap and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fueled power plants that generate at least 25 megawatts.

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