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Researchers call for changes in 50 year-old drinking water standards

Changes in drinking water quality in the 21st century are coming from a myriad of circumstances, and not all are for the best.


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Arctic blast provides challenge for motorists

Cold arctic air currently enveloping Virginia can and will put the “freeze” on car batteries, tires and other critical car components. Emergency roadside assistance crews at AAA Mid-Atlantic are staffed and ready to handle the predictable increase in calls due to the cold. Dead car batteries will leave some motorists stuck at home on cold mornings this week.


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David Swanson: Intersection of mistakes with misdeeds

On a pleasant spring day in December it’s nice to drive past the endlessly under-construction intersection of Route 250 and McIntire Road and realize that the darn thing must nearly be completed. It looks sturdy and attractive.


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House passes Water for the World Act

WaterAid today celebrates U.S. House of Representatives passage of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013, H.R. 2901.


Conservationists applaud keeping George Washington National Forest lands closed to drilling, fracking

Local conservation groups expressed support for today’s decision from the U.S. Forest Service to make the George Washington National Forest unavailable for oil and gas drilling.


Sierra Club responses to George Washington National Forest Plan

The U.S. Forest Service today released a new plan for how the George Washington National Forest will be used and managed in the future.


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Arctic Blast: Prepare your vehicle for the winter blast

The official start of winter is weeks away. However, a blast of arctic air is about to blow the coldest weather so far this fall into the Mid-Atlantic.


Virginia residents meet with White House, ask for water protection

Numerous Appalachian groups and citizens, in coordination with The Alliance for Appalachia, will gather in the nation’s capital September 8-9 to advocate for the protection of their communities from the severe environmental and community impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining.


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Wild Virginia response to McAuliffe pipeline announcement

Despite strong opposition from landowners and the citizens of Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe made statements today in support of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposal, previously the “Dominion Southeast Reliability Project.”


Evan Swaak: Proposed EPA water rules not a power grab

You recently ran a letter about attorneys writing about a rule that the EPA is currently proposing that would restore protections to streams and wetlands that impact Georgia’s rivers.


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Dangers of leaving your pet in a hot, parked car

With the summer months upon us, pet travel is at it’s height and it’s time for a reminder about the dangers of leaving your pet in a parked car.


Earth Talk: Chemicals and obesity

Obesity is a huge problem in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity rates have doubled for American adults and tripled for kids and teenagers aged six through 19 since 1980. Today, 31 percent of American adults and 15 percent of youngsters are classified as overweight.


Tips for staying safe this Fourth of July weekend

We have a special weekend coming up in the USA. The Fourth of July is a great reason to get out the grill and invite family, friends and neighbors for a picnic. Just be careful you don’t invite an unwanted guest: foodborne illness.


Earth Talk: Men’s health and the environment

A recently released report (“Men’s Health: What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You”) by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) concludes that environmental exposures may have major negative impacts on men’s health as well, and outlines ways that guys can avoid some of the major risks.


The Steel Wheels announce full lineup for second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival

Organizers of the Red Wing Roots Music Festival have announced the full lineup of artists that will perform at Natural Chimneys Park in Mt. Solon, Va., July 11-13.


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Hurricane season: Be prepared to move pets

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) reminds pet owners to think now about how to care for their pets during a hurricane or summer storm.


Pollution standards will protect Virginia’s health, economy

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today announced a major proposal to curb carbon pollution from our nation’s existing power plants for the first time ever.


Earth Talk: Is organic agriculture sustainable?

Dr. Henry I. Miller, former director of the Office of Biotechnology at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, argues that conventional farming—which uses synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers and often genetically modified (GM) seed stock to maximize yields—is actually better for the environment, producing more food and using less water compared to organic farming.


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Lynchburg train derailment cleanup continues

Recovery efforts continue along the James River today following yesterday’s derailment and fire involving a CSX train transporting crude oil through downtown Lynchburg.


Jenn Vervier: Clean water is key to business success

Our company depends on clean water for our success. That’s why we’re pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new draft rules for enforcement of the Clean Water Act last month.


Earth Talk: Global warming and our health

Global warming isn’t just bad for the environment. There are several ways that it is expected to take a toll on human health. For starters, the extreme summer heat that is becoming more normal in a warming world can directly impact the health of billions of people.


$300,000 grant to benefit Upper Middle River landowners in Augusta County

The Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District signed a three-year grant agreement with Valley Conservation Council to aid in the implementation of conservation practices, particularly livestock stream exclusion fencing, in the Upper Middle River watershed.
The Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District signed a three-year grant agreement with Valley Conservation Council to aid in the implementation of conservation practices, particularly livestock stream exclusion fencing, in the Upper Middle River watershed.


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AAA offers tips for motorists in extreme cold weather

With temperatures expected to drop rapidly from the warmth of 60 degree weather for today’s early birds to below freezing for this evening’s night owls , AAA calls on motorists to take preventive measures and be ready for the unexpected.


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Sen. Mark Warner seeks assurances on drinking water for military families

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) today asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to take action to protect military families from unsafe levels of lead in drinking water. Recent tests at two Hampton Roads Navy child care centers found lead in drinking water that far exceeded Environmental Protection Agency safety levels. Lead exposure has been found to cause serious medical issues including permanent damage to the brain and nervous system, which can result in behavioral and learning problems. Sen. Warner urged Secretary Hagel to confirm that appropriate testing has occurred at other military facilities across all branches of the military services.


Earth Talk: Chlorine in drinking water

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chlorine levels of four parts per million or below in drinking water—whether from a private well or municipal reservoir—are acceptable from a human health standpoint. Inexpensive home drinking water test kits (from $5 on up) that can detect levels of chlorine and other elements in water are widely available from online vendors. Administering the tests is easy and can provide parents with a way to involve kids in science for a practical purpose right at home.