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Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam statement on EPA Clean Power Plan

In response to the EPA release of the Clean Power Plan, its final emissions regulations for existing power plants, Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam released the following statement.


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Governor McAuliffe statement on EPA Clean Power Plan Rule

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s release of its final Clean Power Plan rule, which seeks to combat climate change by curbing carbon emissions from existing power plants.


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Tim Kaine statement on EPA Clean Power Plan

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the United States’ final plan to reduce emissions of the carbon pollution responsible for climate change, which calls on U.S. power plants to generate 32% less carbon pollution by the year 2030 than they do today.


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Virginia House Republicans criticize new EPA Regulations

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates criticized the proposed Clean Power Plan rule released by President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency Monday and called on Governor Terry McAuliffe to delay implementation of the rule because of the likelihood of litigation and the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a previous EPA rule.


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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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.


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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.


EPA Clean Power Plan can be job creator for Virginia

A new report analyzing scenarios for Virginia’s compliance with the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from the electric power sector shows that the Commonwealth could create thousands of permanent and temporary jobs.


Congressman Connolly voices support for EPA Clean Water Rule

On Monday, over 100 people, including students, community leaders, and involved citizens filled the seats of a George Mason University event space to hear Congressman Connolly remark on the steps needed to move Northern Virginia towards sustainability.


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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Randy Forbes to Ash Carter: Administration putting IRS, EPA above national security

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, today questioned Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on the President’s threat to veto legislation that removes defense spending from sequestration.


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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.


Virginia groups applaud President Obama for efforts to curb climate impacts

Virginia groups issued the following statement following the President’s State of the Union address, offering strong support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.


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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.


Final day for comments on EPA Clean Power Plan

Today marks the final day that the EPA will accept public comments on its proposed national standard to limit dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.


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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.


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Sierra Club publishes 2014 Climate and Energy Virginia General Assembly Scorecard

For the first time, the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club has published a Virginia General Assembly Climate and Energy Scorecard.


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Virginia submits comments on EPA Clean Power Plan

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement following the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s submission of comments in response to the EPA Clean Power Plan.


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.


Poll: Virginians concerned about proposed EPA power plant regulations

Polling data released Wednesday by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future, a coalition of 175 members representing nearly every segment of the U.S. economy, finds that voters in Virginia and nationwide have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations.


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.


House Speaker Bill Howell comments on SCC analysis of proposed EPA rule

Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell commented Friday on a new analysis from the Virginia State Corporation Commission that indicates Virginia families and businesses could see $5.5 to $6 billion in higher energy costs under an EPA regulation proposed by President Barack Obama.


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Bob Goodlatte: Ditch the rule

The EPA under the Obama Administration has carried out an aggressive regulatory agenda. In April, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers issued a proposed rule to expand the scope of the term “waters of the United States,”


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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Jim Epstein: Clean water is vital for business in Virginia

Virginia’s future depends on clean water, but it’s currently in danger. From the state’s booming wine industry, to tourism surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, to our expansive agriculture industry, Virginia thrives on high-quality clean water.


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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.