Chem-Solv to pay $1.5 million for illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste

Friday, September 16, 2016

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke-based chemical distributing company, which previously pleaded guilty to illegally storing hazardous waste and to transporting hazardous waste from its facility in Roanoke to another facility, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr., announced. […]

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Griffith, Hurt, Goodlatte ask FERC for public meetings on pipeline

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Griffith, Hurt, Goodlatte ask FERC for public meetings on pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), Morgan Griffith (VA-09), and Robert Hurt (VA-05) sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting that they not only hold one-on-one meetings, but with constituents in Virginia pertaining to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Below is the […]

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Opinion by federal judge rules against fracking regulation

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Late Tuesday, a federal judge appointed by President Barack Obama, Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming, ruled that the Interior Department does not have the authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing. “The issue before this Court is not whether hydraulic fracturing is good or bad for the environment […]

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Waste Management brush/bulk pickup rules are not working

Monday, June 6, 2016

Waste Management brush/bulk pickup rules are not working

It has been almost a year since Roanoke residents were introduced to Single Stream recycling. Citizens had a learning curve on which week the 96-gallon Hawaiian blue recycling container would be picked up – “A” or “B” week. That seems to be working. What is not working are the new rules for picking up brush […]

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Virginia AG Herring joins 17 other states to combat climate change

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Virginia AG Herring joins 17 other states to combat climate change

Fossil fuel companies are committing fraud said Al Gore. The scientific community is clear that we have a change in climate.  In a New York press conference Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined attorneys general from across the nation to announce an unprecedented coalition of 17 top law enforcement officials to protect and […]

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Virginia/Microsoft/Dominion partner on solar energy grid

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Dominion (NYSE: D) will partner to bring 20 megawatts (MW) of solar energy onto the grid in Virginia—enough energy to power 5,000 homes. Speaking at the announcement today in Richmond, Governor McAuliffe said, “This agreement is a solid step […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes coal bill citing cost’s ineffective performance

Friday, March 11, 2016

RICHMOND – Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 44, which would extend both the ability to claim and to allocate the coal employment and production incentive tax credits and the allowance of the coalfield employment enhancement tax credit without meaningful reform. In explaining his veto, the Governor cited the need to spend every taxpayer […]

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Gov. McAuliffe announces $2 million grant to retrain former coal workers

Friday, January 8, 2016

Now this is the kind of help that is needed in the diminishing coal production areas of Virginia. There is no “War on Coal” as some claim. It is not only limiting pollution for the health of the state, country, world – accessible coal is getting harder and more expensive to reach. Natural gas and […]

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Gov. McAuliffe sets 8% solar energy target for Virginia

Monday, December 21, 2015

RICHMOND –Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth’s agencies will dramatically increase the use of renewable energy to power the state’s operations.  This initiative was announced as part of the formal release of the report compiled by the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, and sets a renewable energy procurement target that will […]

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Rep. Griffith others send letter opposing funds to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015 – In a letter led by Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), 110 Members of Congress express their opposition to President Obama’s unilateral pledge of U.S. taxpayer funds to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund, especially if any international […]

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Leaf collection begins in Roanoke – use paper leaf bags

Friday, November 13, 2015

Leaf collection begins in Roanoke - use paper leaf bags

Roanoke, VA – Citizens are reminded that leaf collection in the city begins next week. Crews will collect bagged leaves in biodegradable paper leaf bags the weeks of Nov. 16, Nov. 30, and Dec. 14. Residents should put their bagged leaves at the curb on the same day as their regular trash collection. The city […]

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No plastic bags in recycle carts please

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Citizens Reminded Not to Place Plastic Bags in Recycling Carts It seems Roanokers are putting plastic bags in the new recycle carts or putting recyclable material in plastic bags to put in recycle carts. DON’T DO IT! No grocery store bags or plastic bags used to hold frozen vegetables either. If you don’t know – […]

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