U.S. Congress accelerates release of $1 billion from Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation Fund

Monday, March 27, 2017

The below press release was forward by Congressman Morgan Griffith’s office and from U.S. Congress titled “RECLAIM Act of 2017 Introduced for 115 th Congress.” WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2017) – Today, Congressional leaders united across the aisle and the Capitol Dome to reintroduce the bipartisan RECLAIM Act. The legislation aims to accelerate $1 billion […]

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Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement today regarding his proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1398. Sen. Scott Surovell was chief sponsor of the bill which would place a temporary pause on the state permitting process for coal ash impoundment projects to allow for additional assessment regarding their impact on Virginia’s water quality and environment Gov. McAuliffe […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes costly and ineffective coal tax credits

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 2264, which would reinstate the coal employment and production incentive tax credit and extend the allowance of the coalfield employment enhancement tax credit without meaningful reform. “Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 2198, which would reinstate the coal employment […]

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Two new solar projects get permits in Virginia

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced the recent issuance of permits for two new solar projects to be built in Virginia. The first, a 20 megawatt (MW) facility under development by Coronal Development Services, will sit on approximately 275 acres in Dunnsville, part of Essex County. The second, also with 20 MW of capacity, will […]

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Virginia Dupont facility $50 million settlement largest natural resource damage settlement in Virginia’s history

Thursday, December 15, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Departments of Justice and the Interior joined with the Commonwealth of Virginia today to announce a proposed settlement with DuPont valued at approximately $50 million to resolve claims stemming from the release of mercury from the former E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) facility in Waynesboro, Virginia.  Over 100 miles […]

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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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