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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.


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.


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?


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House bills address farm concerns with EPA ‘waters’ proposal

Two bills that have bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives address serious concerns voiced by the American Farm Bureau Federation about the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


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.”


Congressional leaders: EPA making ‘unjustified power grab’

Three Virginia members of the U.S. House of Representatives led 39 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief supporting the American Farm Bureau Federation’s lawsuit against the EPA.


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EPA extends comment period on proposed waters rule

The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have extended the public comment period for a proposed rule that defines the waters of the United States that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.


Virginians applaud new federal carbon pollution protections

Today, representatives of Virginia business, national security, health and agricultural sectors joined environmental advocates in praising the newly announced carbon pollution limits for existing power plants as necessary public health and security safeguards, and a beneficial economic driver.


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Mark Warner: On new EPA standards, climate change

Virginia is at the center of the national debate on climate change, with our coalfields in southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth’s coastal cities beginning to see the impact of sea rise.


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.


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President Obama: EPA power plant rules and climate change

I think a lot of people are aware of the Climate Action Plan that I put forward last year based on what we know, which is that climate change is real. It has impacts not just in a distant future. It has serious impacts, as we speak.


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Tim Kaine: On EPA move on power plant emissions

Today the EPA proposed standards for carbon emissions for existing power plants. Reducing this carbon pollution is in our national interest, but we have an obligation to do it in a way that makes economic sense.


EPA proposes new pollution guidelines for power plants

The EPA is releasing the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.


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Farm Bureau: Proposed EPA water regulations won’t exempt farmers

Proposed modifications from the RPA to the Clean Water Act definitely will expand the federal government’s regulation of agriculture land uses, according to Donald Parrish, senior director of regulatory relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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.


Earth Talk: Apple Computer’s Green Initiatives

Long criticized for its lack of commitment to sustainability, Apple has really worked on turning things around over the past couple of years.


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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Randy Forbes: Where Main Street still exists

These are places where passersby greet each other by first names and where a sense of trust remains throughout the small town streets and neighborhoods. These are the communities where Main Street still exists.


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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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Randy Forbes: Some relief in heat energy costs

In October of 2013, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that 90% of homes were expected to have higher heating costs this winter as compared to last year.


Bob Goodlatte: Looking ahead in the New Year

As we ring in 2014, the House and Senate return to Washington for the start of the second session of the 113th Congress. Looking forward to the New Year, it is abundantly clear that our nation has much to accomplish to tackle the challenges of today and ensure a prosperous future for generations to come.


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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.


Waynesboro receives $163K grant toward South River restoration

The City of Waynesboro kicks off its “Restoring Waynesboro’s Riverfront Parks” initiative this week with stream bank restoration work at Wayne Avenue Park.


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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.


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.