Tag: deq

Sierra Club “Coal-Aid” stand attracts attention at DEQ hearing

Activists with the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club set up the mock lemonade stand and served glasses of “Tom and Bob’s Coal-Aid.”

Report: As coal ash problems continue, Virginia DEQ In position to order effective cleanup

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is facing increasing pressure from the public to clean up coal ash in a manner that is protective of both human health and the environment.

Virginia awards $21.5 million in grants for stormwater pollution reduction efforts

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has awarded about $21.5 million in grants under the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund.

Report: Decades of coal ash pollution leaking Into Potomac

Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways near Washington, D.C.

Oil, gas drilling permits under review by state agencies

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that two Virginia agencies have signed an agreement on coordinating environmental reviews of potential permits for oil and gas drilling in the Coastal Plain that includes Tidewater.


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.


McAuliffe announces rail safety task force

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran and Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne will co-chair the interagency Railroad Safety and Security Task Force.


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.

In the News

– State News: Kaine issues executive order on environmental impact of state government – Local News: Public meeting on South River study on Thursday – Sports: Free tickets for Friday’s Waynesboro-Staunton game – Local News: Flag Day at Wilson Library – Event: Valley Pride July 26

In the News

– Health News: VCU doc working on innovative treatment for brain aneurysms – Local News: Water quality in South River focus of DEQ meeting in Waynesboro – Local News: Berkeley Glenn student wins three-month free pass to Waynesboro YMCA 

Wetlands damage leads to record fine for county homeowner

An Augusta County homeowner has been fined a record $145,000 by the State Water Control Board for damage incurred to five acres of protected wetlands stemming from activities undertaken during the construction of a $2.4 million mansion on Quarles Pond in Stuarts Draft.