DEEP extends deadline for EV regulations public comment

August 24, 2023

Fox 61

Residents now have until the end of the month to weigh in on proposed regulations to eventually ban the sale of new gas-powered cars in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is extending the public comment deadline after officials heard hours of public testimony about these contentious regulations during their virtual hearing Tuesday.

“The goal of cleaner air and a better environment is a worthy one, one that we support, how are we going to get there?” questioned Senate Minority Leader Kevin Kelly.

There is rising opposition from some legislative leaders.

“There’s really not a lot of thought given to what’s going on, how this is going to impact our families,” Kelly said Wednesday.

Kelly and his Republican colleagues argue electric vehicles are unaffordable for most residents and would be hard to implement with a state power grid needing major upgrades.

“We need to have a plan on how to build this out, but it’s the legislature that really needs to have a voice here, not just the bureaucrats who have decided to make this change by regulation,” he said.


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