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Conservation Voters of PA React to the
Announcement About Hydrogen Hubs

CVPA calls for the protection of health and safety, transparency, and prioritization of impacted communities.

PHILADELPHIA – Conservation Voters of PA issued the following statement in response to the announcement about federal grants for the establishment of hydrogen hubs, including one in Pennsylvania:

“The policymaking process involves the balancing of competing priorities. Conservation Voters a PA understands and respects that reality. As the announced regional hydrogen hubs are built and prepared to be brought online, we reiterate the need for the local, state, and federal regulations to better ensure the health and safety of the communities in which these hubs will be sited and the workers who will build them.
 “Every step in the process of developing statutes and rules to regulate the hydrogen sector and the permitting process for hubs and associated facilities, must be public, open and transparent. Furthermore, any discussion regarding associated pipelines must — this cannot be emphasized strongly enough — start at the local level in the affected communities.
“Communities that have been impacted by past acts of environmental injustice must be given priority when establishing the necessary regulatory framework for this emerging sector. And we must work with our friends in the Labor movement to ensure an emphasis on the creation of family sustaining union jobs.
 “While new and emerging technology like hydrogen can be effective with some hard to decarbonize industries, its use is just one small part of the overall strategy we need to fight climate change.
“Throughout the balance of this process, Conservation Voters of PA looks forward to working with local, state, and federal policy makers to vigorously protect Pennsylvanians’ constitutional right to “clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment.”