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EPA data highlights Virginia polluters

Toxic chemical emissions from Virginia’s largest polluters are on the rise, according to the latest data out from the EPA Toxic Release Inventory (TRI).


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McAuliffe vetoes legislation blocking Clean Power Plan

Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 21, which would bar the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality from submitting a Virginia-specific plan to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan.


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House Democrats critical of GOP on efforts to derail Clean Power Plan

The House passed a bill requiring the General Assembly to give final approval to the plan developed by the state DEQ to comply with the Clean Power Plan.


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Businesses, members of Congress, 22 states urge Supreme Court review of EPA bay ‘blueprint’

The EPA asserted federal control over the Chesapeake Bay recovery in its 2010 plan that gives the agency the ability to function as a super-zoning authority.


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GAO legal opinion: EPA violated law regarding ‘Waters’ rule

the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke the law with social media and grassroots lobbying campaigns advocating for its “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


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Regulatory reform lawsuits proving necessary, farmers told

In 2015 the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation joined several legal cases in support of the organization’s policy positions.


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The EPA Clean Power Plan oversteps federal authority

Something troubling is coming down the pike now that the Obama administration has announced its new Clean Power Plan. In a full-speed-ahead quest to lower carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s power plants, the administration is implementing new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that raise troubling legal issues.


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Poll: Virginia backs Clean Power Plan on eve of big Senate vote

The Sierra Club released polling Friday showing significant support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan among registered voters in Virginia.


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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.


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Court halts EPA enforcement of ‘Waters’ rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Oct. 9 to stop enforcement nationwide of the “Waters of the United States” rule.


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Maps show massive increase in EPA authority, regulatory uncertainty

A series of maps released Aug. 12 by the American Farm Bureau Federation indicate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will radically expand its jurisdiction over land use if its controversial “Waters of the United States” rule takes effect as expected Aug. 28.


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Poll: Strong support for EPA Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution

New Public Policy Polling surveys in eight battleground states show great voter concern about climate change and strong support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan seeking to slash harmful carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030.


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Mark Warner statement on EPA Clean Power Plan

U.S. Mark Warner (D-VA) issued the following statement on the Administration’s final Clean Power Plan.


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Appalachian Voices: EPA carbon rule a ‘boon’ for Virginia

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national rule limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants to safeguard public health and help address climate disruption.


Poll: Hunters, anglers support EPA Clean Water Rule

A new nationwide, bipartisan survey found broad support among hunters and anglers for applying Clean Water Act protections to smaller streams and wetlands.


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EPA: Chesapeake Bay clean-up progressing in Virginia

A 2014-2015 interim report card on efforts by Virginia farmers to reduce pollutants reaching the Chesapeake Bay found producers are “generally on-track for meeting programmatic milestones” in a multi-year effort.


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Robert Hurt votes for GOP bill kneecapping EPA

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Ratepayer Protection Act, H.R. 2042, which would ensure that no states are required to implement a plan mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s carbon dioxide emission rule if it would have a negative effect on retail, commercial, or industrial electricity rates or the reliability of the state’s electricity system.


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Farm Bureau to Senate: EPA abused rulemaking process

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency abused and distorted the normal rulemaking process to pre-determine the outcome of its highly controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule, American Farm Bureau Federation General Counsel Ellen Steen told the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 10.


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EPA releases Final Clean Water Rule: Clarifies protections for streams, wetlands critical for water quality

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released its final Clean Water Rule, helping to provide long-needed clarity on protections for the drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans.


Farm Bureau says waters rule would disregard exemptions for normal farming activities

Without dramatic alterations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule will result in potential Clean Water Act liability and federal permit requirements for a tremendous number of commonplace and essential farming and forestry practices nationwide, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.


New NRDC Issue Brief: Best way Virginia can fight climate change, beat EPA emissions targets by 20 percent

With climate change already damaging Virginia’s economy, endangering citizens’ health, and threatening coastal cities, a new issue brief shows that if the Old Dominion were to meet its already existing voluntary energy goals, the state would actually beat the carbon emission targets in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan by 20 percent.


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Comments show opposition to EPA’s proposed Waters rule

By the time the comment period for the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule ended in November 2014, Americans had shared more than 1 million comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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Robert Hurt votes to reform the Environmental Protection Agency

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of two bills to reform the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act and H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act.


Letter: We should speak up for the EPA clean water rule

Your recent article titled “Virginia Local Officials Voice Support For EPA Proposed Clean Water Rule” highlights the numerous values of our waterways.


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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.


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Virginia farmers to help shape national Farm Bureau policies

Virginia representatives will join more than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in helping shape policies important to farmers and ranchers Jan. 11-14 at the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.


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Governor McAuliffe selected to head Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council

Governor Terry McAuliffe will assume the chairmanship of the Chesapeake Executive Council beginning January 1, 2015.


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Sen. Tim Kaine suggests improvements to proposed EPA rules

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine submitted a letter to the EPA in response to the agency’s request for input on its proposed Clean Power Plan.


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Mark Herring submits comments on EPA proposed Clean Power Rule

Attorney General Mark Herring has outlined to the EPA an evaluation approach that considers economic, health, and environmental benefits alongside implementation costs.


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Robert Hurt votes for EPA reform bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released a statement after voting in favor of three bills to reform the EPA.


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.


Farm Bureau encouraging comment on EPA Waters proposal

The American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging its members to participate in the public commend period for the proposed EPA “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


Can playing on artificial turf cause cancer?

Just when you thought it was safe to play soccer on that brand new synthetic turf field, it may be time to think again. Those little black dirt-like granules that fill up the space between synthetic blades of grass and make up some 90 percent of today’s artificial turf fields are actually ground-up car and truck tires. As such they contain a host of potentially noxious chemicals that can lead to a wide range of health problems.


Waters coalition, SBA call for EPA ‘Waters’ rule withdrawal

A group of 63 business and agriculture organizations told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 29 that its recent statements about its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule violate basic open-government requirements.


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Bob Goodlatte: The war on affordable energy

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average residential electricity rate in the United States is 12.39 cents per kilowatt-hour. In Virginia, it is slightly lower at 10.91 cents per kilowatt-hour.


Earth Talk: Threats to air quality

The main threats to local air quality across the United States (as well as most everywhere else) remain smog and particulate pollution, which combined or acting alone trigger millions of hospital visits and health complications for citizens every year.


Virginians headed to NYC for largest climate event in history

Over 80 activists from Richmond and surrounding areas began their journey to the People’s Climate March taking place today in New York City. The march, which starts at 11:30 a.m., is being hailed as the largest climate march in history.


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Robert Hurt votes to protect farmers, small businesses from regulatory overreach

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.


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Virginia’s first lady speaks in support of conservation program

A cooperative effort between the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Virginia’s farm community is getting ready to launch, and Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe has produced a television public service announcement to promote it.


Climate activists to launch road to the People’s Climate March

Multiple environmental groups have come together to host a Climate Action Weekend Workshop for statewide climate activist leaders on the weekend of August 23-24. Around 60 climate activists will be gathered at a local conference hotel center to talk strategy and launch the statewide effort to get Virginians up to the People’s Climate March in New […]


Ridgeview Park parking lot closed for construction of bio filters

The City of Waynesboro is working on part 2 of the “Restoring Waynesboro’s Riverfront Parks” initiative with an exciting project at Ridgeview Park.


Carbon pollution limits can help save lives, improve health

It isn’t enough for physicians to educate patients about the health risks of air pollution, and for parents to keep their children with asthma indoors on bad air days. We must reduce pollution before it takes a further toll on our children and families.


Fifteen states’ attorneys general challenge EPA ‘waters’ rule

Fifteen attorneys general from states with significant farming and ranching sectors have sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency objecting to the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


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Shenandoah Riverkeeper files notice of intent to sue EPA

Shenandoah Riverkeeper has worked for four years to push the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to officially recognize severe annual algae blooms in the Shenandoah River and to begin implementing plans to eliminate them, but has found that it must now resort to legal action.


Earth Talk: Ocean debris

The so-far in-vain search for Flight 370 has indeed stirred up interest in the growing problem of ocean debris as objects thought to possibly be plane parts have repeatedly turned out to be just floating trash.


EPA’s carbon pollution rules: Good for business, good for the economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?


Improving chemical safety: A baby step in the right direction

In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of facilities that house dangerous chemicals.


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More accountability needed for Chesapeake Bay pollution

A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report card on the Chesapeake Bay was headlined “partners are making progress in Chesapeake Bay cleanup.”


Read, follow the pesticide label: It’s serious business, and it’s the law

The instructions and related precautions that appear on the pesticide label are intended to protect the user, other people, animals and the surrounding environment by minimizing the potential risk of exposure to the pesticide.


Honey bee population decline getting federal focus

Big money is being invested in saving the declining U.S. honey bee population. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced it is providing $8 million to help increase the important pollinators’ population.