In keeping with the principles of becoming an EcoCity, Alexandria has developed Local Motion. The program encourages city agencies, businesses and other organizations to use public transportation, bike or walk to work, or telecommute.
The Alexandria Sanitation Authority (ASA) was recently presented with a Platinum Peak Performance Award, a special tribute to agency facilities that have maintained 100 percent compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for five consecutive years.
A federal report on air quality near Mirant’s Potomac River Generating Station found that levels of some contaminants near the site and in the region were of concern during 2007 and 2008. The report took more than four years to complete and does not reflect current air quality around the coal-powered plant. Last Thursday, ATSDR conducted an open house on the findings at the Lyceum and will accept public comments until August 12, 2010.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has agreed to sequence the Fall 2010, construction of Jones Point Park to allow portions of the park to remain open to the public. VDOT agreed to the phased approach after a July 13, community meeting. At that meeting, Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D-8), Alexandria City Council members and City residents voiced their displeasure of plans that would close most of the park for 18 months. VDOT and National Park Service officials rejected the idea of phasing at the meeting because of additional costs.
When the National Park Service selected the new design for Jones Point Park, the compromise choice did not make neighborhood residents or City officials happy. Now that the time has come to implement the design, park users, members of the Alexandria City Council and Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D-8) are angry that construction may close the park for up to 18 months.
The Alexandria Sanitation Authority and Hooff Fagelson Tract, LLC have reached an out‐of‐court settlement of the value of land taken by ASA for expansion of the Alexandria wastewater treatment facility. ASA originally filed the condemnation lawsuit in June, 2007, and trial to determine just compensation was scheduled to begin on May 24. ASA agreed to pay the landowner $36 million for the ten acre tract of land on Hooff’s Run Drive in Alexandria.
Congressman Jim Moran, Virginia Democrat and Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment, received a top honor by a major environmental group on Wednesday. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network presented Congressman Moran the “Official Climate Leadership Award” in recognition of his environmental stewardship and steadfast opposition to drilling off the coast of Virginia.
At its June 22nd meeting, City Council received the draft Phase II project prepared by the Engineer Worley Parsons and endorsed Mirant Community Monitoring Group’s recommendations made at the MCMG meeting on May 13, 2010.
At the Ruby Tucker Family Center, children, adults and senior citizens are doing their part to help the neighborhood. The vegetable community garden project is getting people involved.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that federal law preempts Alexandria’s attempt to regulate Norfolk-Southern’s transloading and transfer of ethanol at its Van Dorn Yard. In 2009, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District ruled that Norfolk-Southern was not subject to restrictive haul routes designated by the City. Alexandria appealed the decision and maintained that the ruling still allowed City regulation of the trucks.