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Ashland, Ethyl recognizer for leadership, environmental, health and safety performance

Ashland, Ethyl recognized for leadership, environmental, health and safety performance Today, the American Chemistry Council presented its Responsible Care Company of the Year award to Ashland and Ethyl Corp., recognizing each company for excellence and leadership in environmental, health, safety and security performance. “For the past 30 years, Responsible Care has been the backbone of […]

Omega Protein: Auditors Officially Recommend MSC Certification For Atlantic Menhaden Fishery

Omega Protein: Auditors Officially Recommend MSC Certification For Atlantic Menhaden Fishery REEDVILLE, Va. – March 6, 2019 – Today, independent certification body SAI Global officially recommended that the Atlantic menhaden purse seine fishery be certified sustainable against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fisheries standard. MSC certification reflects the most up-to-date understanding of internationally accepted fisheries science […]

DEQ approval clears way for Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction to begin

DEQ approval clears way for Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction to begin The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project now has the authorization to begin construction in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday it has approved Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater Management, and Karst Protection plans for the project. According to a release, these detailed […]

Dominion, environmentalists battle over scope of stop-work order for pipeline

Dominion, environmentalists battle over scope of stop-work order for pipeline By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch Dominion Energy is pushing federal regulators to allow continued work on portions of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia and North Carolina while awaiting new federal permits to resolve concerns the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals raised in […]

Exclusive: Draft details Trump’s plan for reversing Obama climate rule

Exclusive: Draft details Trump’s plan for reversing Obama climate rule A portion of the rule obtained by POLITICO shows Trump’s EPA easing the planned limits on the pollution from power generators driving climate change. EMILY HOLDEN 08/14/2018 07:46 PM EDT | POLITICO The rule would allow states to write rules to make coal plants more efficient, […]

Virginia DEQ To Require Additional Water-Quality Certifications For ACP, MVP.

Virginia DEQ To Require Additional Water-Quality Certifications For ACP, MVP. In continuing coverage, Engineering News-Record (4/12) reports the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will now require the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline “to obtain U.S Army Corps of Engineers water-quality certifications as well as wetland and stream crossing permits.”  Read more >>

New Technology Adjusts Timeframe For Virginia Plant Investment – Vastly

New Technology Adjusts Timeframe For Virginia Plant Investment. The Washington Post (5/8, Vozzella) reports that the Shandong Tranlin Paper Co.’s plans “to build a $2 billion paper plant that would create 2,000 jobs in the Richmond suburbs,” may be delayed because “a new technology that the company has been testing in China is working so […]

WestRock To Buy Five Manufacturing Plants For $192M.

WestRock To Buy Five Manufacturing Plants For $192M. The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (5/24, Blackwell) reports that “packaging giant WestRock Co. is buying five manufacturing plants in a $192 million cash and stock deal.” The Times-Dispatch adds, “WestRock, which has administrative offices in both Richmond and Norcross, Ga., said Wednesday it has reached an agreement to […]

Energy Secretary Perry projects nation will be net energy exporter by 2020

Energy Secretary Perry projects nation will be net energy exporter by 2020 DailyEnergyInsider | Published on November 06, 2018 by Chris Galford At a summit hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance this week, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry promoted domestic energy production and infrastructure expansion, while noting the country has a real chance to be […]

New Report Details How EPA Regulations Will Harm Virginia’s Economic Growth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 28, 2012 EPA Regulations Will Harm Virginia’s Economic Growth New Report Details Questionable EPA Regulations RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a new study today by ndp|consulting, A Critical Review of the Benefits and Costs of EPA Regulations on the U.S. […]

Webinar on Environmental Management

Are you interested in learning more about how you can manage your environmental risks and add value to your business? The Virginia Department of Environment Quality’s (DEQ) Office of Pollution Prevention is hosting a webinar on Wednesday September 21st at 1:00 EST.  Please join to learn about environmental management systems (EMS) and what it takes […]

Company cited for chemical spill that killed 40,000 fish in Tinker Creek

Company cited for chemical spill that killed 40,000 fish in Tinker Creek The Roanoke Times One year after more than 40,000 fish turned up dead in Tinker Creek, the company responsible for a chemical spill has reached a partial settlement with state regulators. Crop Production Services will pay $86,564 in penalties and reimbursements to the […]

New Study Shows Manufacturing Demand for Natural Gas Will Grow

New NAM Study Shows Positive Natural Gas Impacts in Virginia and Across U.S. Click here to read the full press release.

Virginia regulators unexpectedly delay decision on controversial gas project

Virginia regulators unexpectedly delay decision on controversial gas project Washington Post | December 19, 2018 | By Gregory Schneider RICHMOND — State regulators unexpectedly postponed action Wednesday on a permit for a gas compressor station in a historic African American community. And at the heart of the delay is a strange disagreement about identity. The decision […]

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resigns, Deputy Andrew Wheeler To Become Acting Administrator.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resigns, Deputy Andrew Wheeler To Become Acting Administrator. Fox News (7/5) reports that President Trump announced on Twitter Thursday that “Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.” The President tweeted, “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him […]

Residential Consumers Saved $4.5 Billion, Commercial And industrial Consumers Saved $6.4 Billion

Residential Consumers Saved $4.5 Billion, Commercial And industrial Consumers Saved $6.4 Billion Heartland.org | By Tim Benson | November 27 The massive increase in domestic shale development, led by hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), has caused natural gas prices to plummet in Virginia, according to a report from the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA). Consequently, residents and businesses in the Old […]

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Largest Municipal Utility Solar Farm to Begin Construction in August

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Largest Municipal Utility Solar Farm to Begin Construction in August ~ Kentuck Solar Project to power more than 900 homes in the City of Danville ~  DANVILLE – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Kentuck Solar project, Virginia’s largest municipal utility solar farm, will begin construction this August. The Kentuck […]

Virginia Victory Against EPA Attempt to Regulate Water Flow as a Pollutant

RICHMOND – Late this afternoon, a federal judge accepted arguments made by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has exceeded its authority by attempting to regulate water itself as a pollutant by imposing restrictions on the flow of stormwater into Fairfax County’s Accotink Creek.  The effect of this ruling could […]

State Publishes New Environmental and Regulatory Reports

State Publishes New Environmental and Regulatory Reports MFG Regulatory Costs Estimated at $5 Billion per Year  Richmond, VA, September 30, 2016 – The Commonwealth of Virginia released two new publications at the 14th Annual Virginia Environmental Health & Safety Conference. The update to the cost of regulatory compliance study released by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission […]

Judges vacate two permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Judges vacate two permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Richmond Times Dispatch Construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has hit a new roadblock in the Blue Ridge Mountains at a critical crossing beneath a scenic national parkway. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday tossed out two federal permits issued […]

Brett Vassey column: Trump reverses obstacles to offshore energy development

Brett Vassey column: Trump reverses obstacles to offshore energy development Richmond Times Dispatch | May 14 By Brett Vassey Last year, when the Obama administration removed the entire Atlantic — including waters off Virginia, straight on down through Georgia — from being considered for possible oil and natural gas leasing through 2022, it appeared these […]

Virginia SAVES program for energy users

VA SAVES is an interest rate subsidy program for large scale energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fuel projects in Virginia for both private borrowers. On September 2, 2015, Governor McAuliffe announced the launch of the Virginia SAVES Green Community Program. The interest rate subsidy is from the utilization of taxable Federal Qualified Energy Conservation […]

Recycle VA! Presented to Norfolk Environmental Commission

http://www.norfolk.gov/NEC Brett Vassey, VMA President & CEO, and Kate Baker, Virginia Retail Federation, presented to Norfolk Environmental Commission last night on the Recycle VA! initiative and its first VA legislation – SB1518 – to improve recycling for beneficial use, litter reduction and public education. Click here to view the Recycle VA! Overview that was discussed.

EPA to withdraw “once in, always in” MACT policy

EPA to withdraw “once in, always in” MACT policy The Associated Press | 1/25 The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to withdraw its “once in, always in” policy for Maximum Achievable Control Technology standards under the Clean Air Act. “It will reduce regulatory burden for industries and the states, while continuing to ensure stringent and […]

Will massive solar project see the light of day?

Will massive solar project see the light of day? The News Virginian | By BOB STUART bstuart@newsvirginian.com WAYNESBORO — A solar farm project planned for Stuarts Draft and Lyndhurst would include more than 1,000 acres of panels on parcel owned by 13 landowners, if approved. Augusta County officials say the proposed locations stretch from behind […]

DEQ Announces Minor NSR Regulation Reform

VA Department of Environmental Quality Announces Minor NSR Regulation Reform RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced today at the 10th Annual Virginia Industry Environmental Conference that Virginia’s minor New Source Review (minor NSR) regulations (9 VAC 5, Chapter 80, Article 6) have been approved in accordance with adopted State Air Board […]

Governor’s office says Northam will veto bill aimed at thwarting carbon rule

Governor’s office says Northam will veto bill aimed at thwarting carbon rule By ROBERT ZULLO Richmond Times-Dispatch Mar 20, 2018 Environmental organizations demonstrated Monday at Capitol Square in Richmond. The groups urged Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration to eliminate exemptions and make other changes to the current plan to cap carbon emissions in Virginia   As […]

Northam announces coal ash clean up agreement

  Northam announces coal ash clean up agreement RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s largest electric utility is backing a plan to excavate coal ash from unlined ponds after arguing for years that leaving the heavy metal-laden waste product in place was the best option. Gov. Ralph Northam and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced an […]

Jennings and Vassey: Few budget choices are as critical as clean water

By ANN F. JENNINGS and BRETT A. VASSEY Richmond Times-Dispatch It is hard to overstate the importance of wastewater treatment plants in protecting the environment and public health. These clean-water factories take raw sewage and clean it up to meet state and federal water quality standards before discharging it back into our streams and rivers. […]

Roanoke Gas Co. applies for increase to base rates

Roanoke Gas Co. applies for increase to base rates The Roanoke Times | By Laurence Hammack Customers of Roanoke Gas Co. will see their monthly bills go up by nearly 11 percent if regulators approve the company’s request for a base rate increase. An application filed with the State Corporation Commission states the company is […]

Tom Knauer Retires as VMA Air Regulation Legal Counsel after 26 Years

Tom Knauer Retires as VMA Air Regulation Legal Counsel after 26 Years – Channing Martin & Williams Mullen Environment and Natural Resources Group Chosen as Replacement- RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) announced today that its Air Regulation Legal Counsel, Dr. Tom Knauer, will retire by November 1, 2018.  Tom has served as […]

Federal court throws out permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

Federal court throws out permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail Richmond Times Dispatch | December 13, 2018 The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out a permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service that would allow the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross beneath the Appalachian Trail and 21 miles of […]

Governor Northam Signs Executive Order to Enhance Protection of Virginia’s Air, Water, and Public Health

Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Ralph Northam   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: April 4, 2018 Office of the Governor Contact: Ofirah Yheskel Email: Ofirah.Yheskel@governor.virginia.gov   Governor Northam Signs Executive Order to Enhance Protection of Virginia’s Air, Water, and Public Health ~ Executive action will strengthen and support the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality ~ […]

Air board restarts process for regulating carbon pollution – beginning with tighter limit

Air board restarts process for regulating carbon pollution – beginning with tighter limit By Michael Martz | Richmond Times Dispatch Virginia is beginning again to regulate carbon dioxide pollution by electric power plants, but the state wants to start with a stricter limit as a baseline for future cuts in emissions. The State Air Pollution […]

Governor calls bipartisan effort to clean coal ash ‘historic’

Governor calls bipartisan effort to clean coal ash ‘historic’   By Kathleen Shaw, Capital News Service Sen. Amanda Chase speaks at press conference announcing the deal on January 24. VCU Capital News Service   Virginians could see an additional $5 charge on their power bills after Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox […]

Conservation group files intent to sue to halt construction of Surry-Skiffes Creel transmission line

Conservation Group Files Intent to Sue to Halt Construction of Surry-Skiffs Creel Transmission Line Jack Jacobs, jojacobs@vagazette.com The National Parks Conservation Association intends to sue the Army Corps of Engineers and National Marine Fisheries Service, saying the agencies’ review of the Dominion Energy’s Surry-Skiffes Creek transmission line project failed to adequately consider the project’s effects on […]

Carbon cap debate focuses on uncertainty for utility customers

Carbon cap debate focuses on uncertainty for utility customers Richmond Times Dispatch | By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch Would a cap on carbon emissions from big power plants make renewable energy a more economical option for electric utilities, or would it simply raise rates for industrial and other customers? Virginia won’t know until it adopts a […]

General Assembly scraps Del. Sam Rasoul’s legislative fix to Tinker Creek spill

General Assembly scraps Del. Sam Rasoul’s legislative fix to Tinker Creek spill RICHMOND — A bill by Del. Sam Rasoul to prevent chemical spills failed in a legislative subcommittee Wednesday. Members of a House of Delegates subcommittee declined to act on Rasoul’s legislation stemming from a chemical spill in July that killed more than 40,000 […]

Virginia Petroleum Council to Gov. McAuliffe: Virginians benefit from safe offshore energy development

Virginia Petroleum Council to Gov. McAuliffe: Virginians benefit from safe offshore energy development RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Virginia Petroleum Council Executive Director Miles Morin released the following statement in response to Governor McAuliffe’s comments on the Interior Department’s oil and gas leasing program. “It’s high time Virginians felt the benefits of harnessing our state’s vast energy […]

Virginia Petroleum Council criticizes Gov. McAuliffe’s call to reject offshore oil, gas leasing

Virginia Petroleum Council criticizes Gov. McAuliffe’s call to reject offshore oil, gas leasing DailyEnergyInsider | August 21, 2017 | by Chris Galford  Following a request from Gov. Terry McAuliffe that Virginia be excluded from a Trump Administration plan to lease oil and gas operations, the Virginia Petroleum Council has rebutted the governor’s comments with a call […]