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Water protectors raise banner over the James River: “Our Water Is...

Nice work by the Virginia River Healers: Water protectors raise banner over the James River: OUR WATER IS GREATER THAN PIPELINES Image by Virginia River Healers ​Richmond,...

UVA Prof. Vivian Thomson’s “Climate Of Capitulation” is Essential Reading In...

by Seth Heald, cross posted from Power for the People VA When University of Virginia environmental science professor Vivian E. Thomson researched and wrote her...

Battles over climate and coal go unresolved, but Virginians still paying...

by Ivy Main; cross posted from Power for the People VA Students rally for climate action in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Sierra Club. Virginia’s 2016...

Exposé Shows Dominion’s Influence Clouds Top Levels of Coal Ash Decision-Making...

A classic case of corruption and a governmental regulatory agency "captured" by the very industries/companies it is SUPPOSED to be regulating. Not that I'm...

Memo to Southwest Virginians: Help Carry New Radford Arsenal Incinerator Over...

This week, the President sent a memo to America about his plan to protect the environment. In that spirit, and on a much smaller, albeit important scale, this is a memo to those living in the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. Recent efforts by dedicated environmental advocates including the Environmental Patriots of the New River Valley and the New River Valley Chapter of the Sierra Club have shown a light on air pollution coming from from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP) here. A potentially game-changing improvement may actually happen. That game changer is an enclosed state-of-the-art incinerator for toxic waste destroyed at the arsenal. Astonishingly, now toxic material from munitions manufacture is open burned! The permit for the open burning is up for review and possible renewal. The US Army, the British contractor BAE (which manages the plant for the Army)and The RAAP facility have announced they are planning to upgrade the facility. This is too important to sit on the sidelines. Make you voice heard.  Continued open burning is not an appropriate 21st Century solution.

Please turn out for the public meeting Wednesday, August 5th, 6 PM, at the Blacksburg Public Library, 200 Miller Street. A spokesperson for the arsenal will attend.

New River Valley residents concerned over toxic chemicals dumped in the...

Cross-posted from Article XI.

Something doesn't smell (or taste) right, and it may just be your drinking water if you live in the New River Valley in Virginia.

Several residents of the area alongside grassroots community organizations have been concerned with the amount of toxic chemicals being dumped into the New River, a body of water which delivers thousands of area residents their drinking water.

So far, state and federal regulatory bodies have not raised any extreme red flags that might considerably dampen the confidence of area residents in the safety of the New River's water for purification and consumption.

There appears, however, to be some troubling markers of the effects of toxic chemicals on the residents of the New River Valley and the rest of the country.

Cancer rates in the Valley are high relative to the rest of Virginia and other illnesses with mysterious causes seem to pop up on an unusually regular basis.