Tag: EPA

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EPA indicates it will delay worker protection rule changes

Farmers who must meet revised provisions of the EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard may be facing a relaxed deadline for compliance.


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What good has the EPA done for the environment?

Without the EPA, Americans would breathe dirtier air, drink more polluted water and live and grow food on contaminated soils.


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Warner, Kaine urge Trump to reconsider Chesapeake Bay program cuts

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine wrote to President Trump to urge him to reconsider steep budget cuts within the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program.


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Virginia senators stand up for air, water, planet

We applaud Senator Mark Warner for standing up for the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia’s air, water and climate.


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Kaine to oppose EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine will oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.


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Tim Kaine statement on nomination of Scott Pruitt to EPA post

Sen. Tim Kaine released a statement on President-elect Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be EPA administrator.


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Businesses urge McAuliffe to strengthen Virginia clean energy economy

Business owners, civic officials and health professionals called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to comply with the EPA Clean Power Plan.


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Washington tells us our electric bills will rise

The Supreme Court issued a stay on the president’s Clean Power Plan earlier this year. The EPA insists that states should keep moving forward.


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Virginia leaders praise nationwide standards for methane pollution

The EPA has finalized the first nationwide safeguards limiting dangerous methane pollution from sources in the oil and gas industry.


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Dominion recognized as founding partner in EPA methane reduction strategy

Dominion was recognized this week by the EPA as a Founding Partner in the EPA’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program.


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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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Supreme Court declines to hear challenge of EPA plan for bay

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay, upholding the contested plan for bay cleanup goals for 2025.


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Senate Democrats uphold veto on Clean Power Plan block bill

Senate Democrats upheld a veto on a bill that would have prevented implementation of a Virginia-specific plan in line with the federal Clean Power Plan.


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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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Senate committee backs Clean Power Plan block

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would delay or obstruct implementation of the Clean Power Plan in Virginia.


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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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Robert Hurt votes for House resolution criticizing EPA Clean Power Plan

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of S.J. Resolution 23 and S.J. Resolution 24, which express congressional disapproval of portions of the President’s Clean Power Plan.


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Mark Warner, Tim Kaine vote against Senate Republican measure to reverse Clean Power Plan

Last night, the U.S. Senate voted to pass two resolutions to reverse the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and the centerpiece of President Obama’s plan to tackle climate change.


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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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Farm Bureau joins opposition to EPA ‘clean water blueprint’

The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined a coalition of agricultural and other groups asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to micromanage land use under the guise of implementing the federal Clean Water Act.


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Presidential memorandum gives preference to mitigation, conservation banks

The White House released a Presidential Memorandum Tuesday that mandates federal agencies to give preference to advance compensation mechanisms that are likely to achieve environmental performance standards prior to any adverse impacts. In other words, mitigation and conservation banks should be the first choice.


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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.


business

Dieselgate: Why Volkswagen will come out smelling like roses

Details have been emerging this week of a clever trick pulled by Volkswagen in North America. The German-based automaker is alleged to have been using software to cheat EPA emissions tests for millions of its turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel engine Volkswagen and Audi cars dating back to 2009.


Coal industry leaders betraying workers

Imagine you have been wrongfully arrested, charged with murdering a child. Although the evidence against you is vague, authorities are anxious to appease those demanding justice so your case is rushed to trial.


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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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House Republicans to introduce oversight legislation in response to latest EPA regulations from Obama administration

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates will announce oversight legislation in response to the latest EPA regulations at a pro-energy rally in Richmond Monday night.


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Congress, Farm Bureau demand answers from EPA

Army Corps of Engineers memoranda reveal dysfunction, secrecy and misconduct at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a congressional committee and the American Farm Bureau Federation are calling on the EPA to abandon its controversial “Waters of the United States” rule.


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Letter: American Lung Association backs EPA Clean Power Plan

Breathing healthy air is essential to life. That’s why the American Lung Association in Virginia welcomes the Clean Power Plan and wants to thank Senators Warner and Kaine for standing up for clean breathing air for Virginia’s nearly 164,000 children with asthma and the 1.1 million older adults who live in the state by supporting EPA’s new carbon pollution standard.


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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.


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.