Archives: ‘EcoNews’

EPA Accepts Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan

December 30th, 2010 | [From: EcoNews, From Richmond]

Today, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell received word that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan submitted by the Administration in November. The plan was developed as part of EPA’s establishment of a total maximum daily load or “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia is one of seven Bay jurisdictions which develop such plans.

Sanitation Authority Says Goodbye To Semonian

December 22nd, 2010 | [From: EcoNews, Other News]

For 41 years, Edward Semonian has helped ensure that Alexandria’s sewage is processed properly. Yesterday, the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Sanitation Authority said goodbye and thanks.

Looking A Lot Like Christmas

December 17th, 2010 | [From: 2010 In Review, EcoNews, Top Stories]

As snowstorms go, yesterday’s was minor, leaving 1.5 inches on the ground at Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Governor McDonnell Announces Funding For Environmental Goals

December 16th, 2010 | [From: EcoNews]

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that as part of his amendments to the current biennial budget, to be formally unveiled on Friday, he will call for additional funding to support water quality improvements, especially in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, as well as additional funding for land conservation within both the Secretariats of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Forestry.

Salazar Announces Revised Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Program

December 1st, 2010 | [From: EcoNews]

Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced an updated oil and gas leasing strategy for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Based on lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Department has raised the bar in the drilling and production stages for equipment, safety, environmental safeguards, and oversight. In order to focus on implementing these reforms efficiently and effectively, critical agency resources will be focused on planning areas that currently have leases for potential future development

Virginia Submits Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan

November 30th, 2010 | [From: EcoNews, From Richmond]

Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech announced yesterday that Virginia has submitted its Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The plan identifies actions to reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment entering the Bay from all major sources, including sewage treatment plants, industrial facilities, urban areas, agriculture, forestry and septic systems.

Salazar Launches ‘Smart from the Start’ Initiative To Speed Offshore Wind Energy Development Off The Atlantic Coast

November 24th, 2010 | [From: EcoNews]

On Tuesday, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar launched a ‘Smart from the Start’ wind energy initiative for the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to facilitate siting, leasing and construction of new projects, spurring the rapid and responsible development of this abundant renewable resource.

Jones Point Park Construction Begins

November 20th, 2010 | [From: 2010 In Review, EcoNews, Top Stories]

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, Lane Construction will begin transporting heavy equipment to Jones Point Park in preparation for construction, which will begin the first week of December. The park redo is expected to take 18 months.

Virginia Fast Tracks Wind Energy Project Approval Process

November 16th, 2010 | [From: EcoNews, From Richmond]

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has approved the state’s first permit regulation for renewable energy projects, following legislation from the 2009 General Assembly that transferred permitting authority for such projects from the State Corporation Commission to DEQ.

Virginia Recycles Day And Energy-From-Waste

November 12th, 2010 | [From: EcoNews, From Richmond]

Governor Robert F. McDonnell proclaimed November 15 Virginia Recycles Day! This date is an opportunity to recognize efforts by Virginians to reduce, reuse, and recycle resources. Citizens throughout the Commonwealth have voluntarily recycled waste for decades, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VaDEQ) reports that all counties comply with the mandate to have municipal recycling plans in place.