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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.


Amanda Starbuck: New federal pollution standards

We welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants.


Eric Cantor to farmers: Passing newest farm bill ‘was pretty rough’

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-7th, told members of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board that an “unholy marriage between food stamps and farm policy” complicated Congress’ ability to pass the 2014 Farm Bill sooner than it did.


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Farm Bureau: EPA’s proposed rule doesn’t hold water

The American Farm Bureau Federation warns that a proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could require farmers to follow federal regulations for those “waterways.”


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‘Ditch the Rule’ campaign asserts farmers’ challenge to proposed waters rule

Farmers and ranchers across the nation recognize that their ability to farm could be negatively affected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the United States” rule.


Kaine: EPA should recognize voluntary efforts to reduce emissions

The EPA is scheduled to propose National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (“NESHAPs”) for clay ceramics manufacturing facilities located at major sources by August 28, 2014.


Virginia groups respond to National Climate Assessment

Today, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a national committee of experts in agriculture, climate science, commerce and disaster relief, published the third National Climate Assessment (NCA).


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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.


Study outlines plan for CO2 reduction from U.S. power sector

A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) outlines how energy efficiency could be used in an upcoming standard by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce CO2 levels with no net cost to the economy.


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.


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Farm Bureau calls Mark Herring brief in EPA case ‘surprising’

Leaders of the state’s largest farmers’ advocacy organization were startled April 10 when Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed an amicus brief in support of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan being challenged in federal court.


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Virginia becomes first state to file brief in support of Chesapeake Bay restoration

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced that he has filed an amicus brief to protect Virginia’s efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and to defend the right of Virginia and other Bay states to work together to protect and restore the Bay.


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Patrice McDermott: Farm Bill threatens our right to know

Families who live near or share waterways with large corporate farms or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have a critical need to know some basic facts about these operations. The public’s right to this information, however, could be stripped away by the Farm Bill currently under debate in Congress.


Earth Talk: Reducing Waste in Retail Store Operations

Waste is an issue for all retail operations, given the need to take in and unpack large numbers of individual items and then display and package them up in a way that customers will appreciate.


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Supreme Court declines to hear AG’s challenge to EPA’s endangerment finding

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused requests to review a lower court decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gases endanger human health and welfare.


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Kaine: Give coal-powered plants flexibility on regs

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine wrote a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to urge the agency to adopt attainable New Source Performance Standard for coal-fired power plants.


Panel throws out Particulate Matter Rule

A three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court found the Environmental Protection Agency in violation of federal law by overstepping its authority with the Particulate Matter Ruls


Staunton gets $209K river-restoration grant

American Rivers and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced that a creek restoration project in Staunton will receive a $209,244 grant, as part of a comprehensive initiative to protect and restore rivers in the Potomac Highlands region. The grant will help the City of Staunton implement its project to restore Peyton Creek. Peyton Creek serves […]


Court ruling blocks efforts to halt EPA greenhouse-gas limits

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today denied requests from numerous industry groups and their allies that sought to halt regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency to control greenhouse-gas emissions from vehicles and power plants and other large sources. The EPA rules include an “endangerment” finding, which confirmed that carbon dioxide and other pollutants contributing […]


Earth Talk: Smart growth

Earth Talk Submit questions: earthtalk@emagazine.com   Dear EarthTalk: What is “smart growth” and how does it benefit the environment? And what are the downsides, if any? – Frank Quinn, Missoula, Mont.


Environmental group challenges Cuccinelli on emissions rule

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Following a 2007 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation today jointly issued a final rule on curbing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from light-duty vehicles, which contribute about one-fourth of America’s share of the world’s climate-change pollution.