Climate Clips: Virginia air board approves withdrawal from regional carbon market

The State Air Pollution Control Board took its final step to withdraw Virginia from a regional carbon market, sending the action to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office for final action, despite a majority of public commenters continuing to oppose the move.

See the full story in the Virginia Mercury.

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