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Smoggy Skies Act passes U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to adopt H.R. 4775, sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), dubbed the Smoggy Skies Act.


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Letter: Protect our parks

Virginia is home to dozens of public parks including Shenandoah National Park, the George Washington National Forest, and Prince William Forest.


Weather disasters impact how much of Virginia?

Ninety-one percent of Virginians live in cities or counties affected recently by weather-related disasters, including a tornado that touched down in Waverly.


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Governor, Flint Water crisis researcher to speak at Environment Virginia

Registration is open for Virginia Military Institute’s 27th annual Environment Virginia Symposium, which will feature a talk by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.


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Mark Warner, Tim Kaine vote against Senate Republican measure to reverse Clean Power Plan

Last night, the U.S. Senate voted to pass two resolutions to reverse the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and the centerpiece of President Obama’s plan to tackle climate change.


Environment Virginia report assesses impact of global warming on weather

Most Virginia counties have recently been affected by weather disaster, impacting residents and state landmarks
In Virginia, 91% of residents live in cities or counties affected recently by weather-related disasters, according to new interactive map using data from the federal government.


Scary water facts with Environment Virginia

In anticipation of Halloween, Environment Virginia unveiled the What’s Brewing in the James: Ten Scariest Water Facts, showing that, while improving, a terrifying concoction of chemicals, bacteria, and other pollutants still plague the James and Virginia’s waterways.


The myth of the Richmond Vampire, and the reality of water pollution

Richmond is no stranger to things that go bump in the night. Our own Hollywood Cemetery is home to the notorious Richmond Vampire.


Clean Power Plan goes into effect

The Clean Power Plan was published in the federal register today, beginning the process of cleaning up America’s dirtiest power plants, the leading source of U.S. global warming pollution. The rule’s publication is widely expected to trigger a new wave of polluter-driven attacks on the rule, both in the courts and in Congress.


Rivanna River and other waterways key to summer fun

12,539,304 people visit state or national parks that feature waterways like Potomac River and the Shenandoah River each year, according to new data issued Wednesday by Environment Virginia.


New video shows voices of Virginians for clean water as Senate considers rolling back protections

After delivering over 10,000 petition in support of the EPA’s Clean Water Rule to Senator Mark Warner, Environment Virginia released a new video demonstrating support for clean water across the commonwealth.


Report: Virginia leadership can help an international agreement on climate

Virginia is gearing up to play a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change, a new report said today. In the next decade, the state will cut as much global warming pollution as 22 billion tons of coal burned annually.


Gov. McAuliffe urged to ramp up offshore wind power

More than 50 organizations, businesses and local officials delivered a letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe today, urging him to push for policies that make offshore wind power, which has vast potential in Virginia, a key part of the state’s energy supply.


Group: Five-year anniversary of BP disaster shows drilling too risky for Virginia coast

Earlier this year the Obama administration proposed opening up a huge swath of the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. On the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, Environment Virginia called on the president to protect Virginia’s coastal marine-life, communities and economy.


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Threat to wildlife in focus as offshore drilling comments continue

From spills soaking sea birds in oil, to seismic exploration putting whales and dolphins at risk, each stage of offshore drilling threatens precious Atlantic marine life, says an analysis from Environment Virginia.


Letter: Polluting politics

As Congress is poised to attack a rule that would restore federal protections to 57% of Virginia’s streams, Environment Virginia’s recent report titled Polluting Politics touches on a salient topic for all Virginians.


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Environment Virginia: Polluters spending $5M to pollute Virginia politics

The owner of Honeywell International, Inc. spent $5,140,000 on lobbying in a single year, according to a new report by Environment Virginia.


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Virginia local officials voice support for EPA proposed clean water rule.

In advance of a rare joint congressional hearing to be held this Wednesday, elected officials called on members of the state’s congressional delegation to support restoring protections to 57% of Virginia’s streams, including those that feed into the Chesapeake Bay.


Over 210,000 Virginians submit comments in support of curbing carbon pollution

Since the EPA first began collecting them, more than 7 million Americans have submitted public comments in support of national standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.


Virginia’s power plants major global warming polluters

A new study shows Virginia’s coal-fired power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the atmosphere as the entire nation of Croatia.


Charlottesville rally calls for climate action from Virginia leaders

Virginians are already experiencing the impacts of climate change – from more extreme weather to rising seas.


Citizen rally to call on Virginia leaders for climate action

Virginians are already experiencing the impacts of climate change on the commonwealth and the citizens of Charlottesville are calling on Virginia’s leaders to take swift action.


Letter: Sen. Kaine gives climate talk

On Monday, 30 U.S. senators stood up for an “all-nighter” on climate change in Washington, D.C. We applaud Virginia’s Senator Tim Kaine for joining this effort. Sen. Kaine’s statement was a clear sign that he understands not only the urgency for Virginia in addressing the impacts of climate change, like rising seas in Hampton Roads, but also the opportunity for innovation.


Shenandoah National Park: Underfunded, under threat

As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment Virginia analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing Virginia’s most-visited park, Shenandoah National Park, as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.