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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 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 […]

Consumer Group Finds Virginia’s Emissions Have Fallen by 89% Amid Increasing Energy Demand

Consumer Group Finds Virginia’s Emissions Have Fallen by 89% Amid Increasing Energy Demand Richmond, VA – Emissions in Virginia have fallen by as much as 89 percent since 1990, even as the Commonwealth’s increasing energy needs have been met with greater oil and natural gas use and new utility infrastructure, a Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) analysis released today finds. The […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Dominion chooses turbine supplier for $7.8B offshore wind farm

Dominion chooses turbine supplier for $7.8B offshore wind farm Spanish engineering firm Siemens Gamesa will supply the 600-foot-tall turbines.   By: Sydney Lake  |  Virginia Business Richmond-based Dominion Energy has selected Spanish renewable energy engineering company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A. as the preferred turbine supplier for its proposed $7.8 billion offshore wind farm off the […]

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. […]

Coalition of unlikely allies calls on state to break up utilities, deregulate energy

Coalition of unlikely allies calls on state to break up utilities, deregulate energy The Washington Post | By Gregory S. Schneider | May 7 RICHMOND — Nine organizations from across the ideological spectrum have formed an unlikely alliance to call for changes in the way Virginians get their electricity, including breaking up the state’s monopoly utilities and letting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Collaboration aimed at combating climate change, reducing carbon pollution RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has become the newest member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based collaborative effort among Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to combat climate change […]

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 […]

Will this be the year Virginia imposes a plastic bag tax?

Will this be the year Virginia imposes a plastic bag tax? By Sarah Vogelsong  |  Virginia Mercury As localities all around the U.S. move to discourage the use of plastics, Virginia will once again mull taxing an item so common that most people encounter it every single day: the plastic bag. The debate isn’t new. This […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Virginia first in US to partner with international company aiming to turn trash into plastic alternative

Virginia first in US to partner with international company aiming to turn trash into plastic alternative ABC 8 News | by: Sara McCloskey| Posted: Aug 28, 2019 RICHMOND, Va. — We’ve all heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Well, a new partnership between Virginia and an Israeli company hopes to put that […]

Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s $1 billion aquifer program lines up financing

Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s $1 billion aquifer program lines up financing A billion-dollar plan to inject treated wastewater into the rapidly-shrinking aquifer where hundreds of thousands of Tidewater Virginians get their drinking water has lined up major parts of the money needed. The Virginia Resources Authority on Wednesday lent $100 million to the Hampton Roads […]

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 […]

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 […]

Virginia: New processes helps industrial sector reduce energy use by 20%

Virginia: New processes helps industrial sector reduce energy use by 20% New processes and technologies have helped the industrial sector in Virginia advance and improve energy efficiency, according to an analysis released by Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA). Commercial and industrial consumers in Virginia reduced their energy consumption by 20% between 1990 and 2017. Families, small […]

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 […]

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.

Most Consumers Want Sustainable Products and Packaging

Most Consumers Want Sustainable Products and Packaging Business News Daily | By Andrew Martins | June 4, 2019 More than 80% of survey participants said they felt it was “important or extremely important” for companies to design environmentally conscious products. Given nine industries to select from, 1 in 4 respondents said they felt the chemical […]

Va. won’t cap CO2 with 9 other states — for now

Va. won’t cap CO2 with 9 other states — for now E&E News | Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter | Friday, May 3, 2019 Gov. Ralph Northam signed a budget yesterday barring Virginia from participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program encompassing power plants in nine Northeastern states. The move amounted to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Instead of becoming trash, Danville recyclables transported to various locations to begin new life

Instead of becoming trash, Danville recyclables transported to various locations to begin new life Danville Public Works Director Rick Drazenovich shows where plastic is sorted and compacted at the Danville facility. www.godanriver.com | By: John R. Crane | Register & Bee On a cloudy and warm day just after noon, a Danville employee driving an […]

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 […]

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 […]

The state of recycling in Virginia: It may not be going where you think

The state of recycling in Virginia: It may not be going where you think By Katherine Hafner  |  The Virginia-Pilot A few years ago when you tossed your cardboard boxes from Amazon into the recycling bin, there’s a good chance they eventually traveled thousands of miles and half a world away to China. That changed early […]

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 […]

Virginia regulators vote to limit carbon emissions but face GOP roadblock

  Virginia regulators vote to limit carbon emissions but face GOP roadblock The Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, shown above in Lebanon, is a 600-megawatt station said to be one of the cleanest coal-fired plants in the country. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) The Washington Post | By Gregory S. Schneider | April 19 RICHMOND […]

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 […]

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 […]

Governor Northam to Protect Virginia’s Environment, Fight Climate Change, and Grow the Clean Energy Economy

Governor Northam to Protect Virginia’s Environment, Fight Climate Change, and Grow the Clean Energy Economy Proposed budget makes historic investments in Chesapeake Bay restoration, environmental quality and equity, clean energy, and offshore wind VIRGINIA BEACH—Governor Ralph Northam said his budget will include $733 million in new funding for the environment and clean energy—including a half-billion-dollar […]

Back to the future? Unlikely allies call for deregulation, but Virginia’s been here before

Back to the future? Unlikely allies call for deregulation, but Virginia’s been here before Ken Cuccinelli kicked off a press conference in May announcing the formation of the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition.   by Richard Foster and M.J. McAteer  |  Virginia Business   A surprising coalition of strange political bedfellows has united behind deregulating Virginia’s power […]

Trump EPA Finally Rolls Back Clean Power Plan

Trump EPA Finally Rolls Back Clean Power Plan By: Jay Holloway Today, EPA released the final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule fulfilling the President’s promise to repeal the Obama EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).  In addition to repealing the CPP, the ACE rule replaces the CPP.  The CPP placed severe CO2 limits on coal-fired power plants.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Despite EPA decision, Virginia says polluters must ‘make every effort’ to comply with environmental regulations

Despite EPA decision, Virginia says polluters must ‘make every effort’ to comply with environmental regulations Virginia will not relax its enforcement of environmental regulations despite an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week that it won’t impose civil penalties on polluting facilities that don’t comply with routine monitoring and reporting obligations during the coronavirus pandemic. “All […]

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 […]

Consumer Group Finds Virginia’s Emissions Have Fallen by 89% Amid Increasing Energy Demand

Richmond, VA – Emissions in Virginia have fallen by as much as 89 percent since 1990, even as the Commonwealth’s increasing energy needs have been met with greater oil and natural gas use and new utility infrastructure, a Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) analysis released today finds. The counterintuitive trend demonstrates that it is possible to maintain sound environmental stewardship while […]

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 […]

Natural Gas: Why US Leads World in Cutting Emissions

Natural Gas: Why US Leads World in Cutting Emissions By David Holt | Newsmax Finance   For some activist groups, natural gas has become the latest in a long line of villains blamed for impeding efforts to reduce emissions. The tragic part is, they’ve got it completely backwards and their efforts would only roll back […]

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 […]

Virginia Seeks Climate Leadership with Sweeping Energy Bill

Virginia Seeks Climate Leadership with Sweeping Energy Bill RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A sweeping energy bill that supporters said would make Virginia a national leader in addressing climate change passed the state House Thursday amid warnings by critics that it will carry a steep price tag. The legislation, called the Virginia Clean Economy Act, moved […]

Brett Vassey column: Revolutionizing ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’

Brett Vassey column: Revolutionizing ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ In the wake of China’s decision two years ago to stop collecting recyclable materials such as plastic from the United States, the impact has been profound. Recyclers across the commonwealth are financially stressed, and many localities are having difficulty effectively managing their curbside recycling programs. Now, faced with […]

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 >>

Lab turns trash into valuable graphine in a flash

Lab turns trash into valuable graphine in a flash “Green” process promises pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic and other materials. That banana peel, turned into graphene, can help facilitate a massive reduction of the environmental impact of concrete and other building materials. While you’re at it, toss in those plastic empties. A […]

Business groups leery of Virginia joining regional greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program

Business groups leery of Virginia joining regional greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program (The Center Square) – Virginia’s entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – a multistate program designed to reduce greenhouse gasses through a cap-and-trade policy – is causing concern for some business groups and free-market advocates. The cap-and-trade program puts a limit on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 ~ […]