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Governor Northam Announces Release of Virginia’s Final Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan

The following press release is from Gov. Ralph Northam's office. The usual caveat/complaint: without aggressively tackling greenhouse gas emissions, including from fracked gas, efforts...

Friday News: With Europe in Record Heat Wave, “Why Are We...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, July 26.  Flags of inconvenience: noose tightens around Iranian...

Rep. Jennifer Wexton Amendment to Measure Economic Impact of Ocean Acidification...

I really like this amendment by Rep. Jennifer Wexton. In fact, we should be considering the massive economic - and environmental - impact of...

Governor Northam Announces Release of Virginia’s Draft Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan

From Gov. Northam's office: RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today released for public review and comment a new restoration plan for Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay...

Governor Northam Proposes Major Investments to Protect Virginia’s Water Quality and...

Good to see, especially given the Trump administration's assault on the environment. I'd just point out - broken record alert! - that we also...

Rep. Dave Brat’s Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds: Assault-on-the-Chesapeake-Bay Edition

You might have missed it, because it happened late last night (when nobody was watching, of course!), but this horrible amendment by Rep. Bob...

With 17 Days to Go, Grading Terry McAuliffe’s Four Years as...

Terry McAuliffe still has a couple more weeks to go until he starts running for president completes his term-limited four years as governor of...

Why Ralph Northam Should Oppose the Proposed New Gas Pipelines

by Glen Besa, immediate past director of the Sierra Club's Virginia chapter I’m voting for Ralph Northam for a lot of reasons but not for...

Video: Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News) Leads Rally to Fight for...

Good stuff by Del. Mike Mullin (D-HD93, Hampton Roads area) as Donald Trump and his merry band of anti-environment vandals launch their attacks on...

Burned Once, Chesapeake Shouldn’t Trust Dominion Virginia Power

Kingston Fossil Plant retention overflow photo 140714CUAandSMagazine_zpsbe6e7335.jpgChesapeake is concerned. The City Manager indicates that this issue rises from the Dan River spill last February and the city's action to protect the Elizabeth River is not directed at Dominion. But there's history there and Dominion has provided no reason to trust its motives.

This isn't just Chesapeake's concern. The Elizabeth is really only a tidal estuary that runs to the mouth of the James River on the way to the Chesapeake Bay through Portsmouth and Norfolk. It is about six miles long. The Dan River spill created a 70 mile coating of toxic sludge. So this should have the attention of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore too. But Chesapeake is center stage because it already knows how difficult it is to force Dominion Power to take responsibility for its mess.

Battlefield Golf Club was built using fly ash. Something the coal power industry has been advertising as a "good thing" in an attempt to rid itself of this pesky poisonous residue of energy production. Maybe if they can just spread all of it thin enough over hill and dale, insert it into concrete, and sweep it into wastewater systems no one will notice the damage. The proper cost of disposal has never been calculated into the cost of energy produced from coal. War on coal? How about coal's war on the planet?

Now almost five years into litigation over the damage caused during the Battlefield Golf Club construction, only one thing is clear: once any area is contaminated, you have to wait for a proper class to fall victim to the damage before anything can be recovered. That is essentially what is going on with the lawsuits over the golf course. For now the damage has been "limited" to the ground water under the golf course. And since the local residents have been connected to city water on Dominion's dime, the judge has basically said that they have not been damaged. The Environmental Protection Agency's findings of that limited damage have actually helped the defendants' case(s). Residents will have to wait for cancer, birth defects, or however this eventually manifests to demonstrate they have been harmed.