Archives: ‘EcoNews’

Virginia Department Of Corrections Wins Inaugural Virginia Energy Efficiency Award

December 19th, 2016 | [From: EcoNews, Public Safety]

The Virginia Department of Corrections took top honors in the first ever Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards. The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council honored winners during a recent reception attended by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Public And Environment To Benefit From $50 Million Proposed Settlement For Natural Resources Harmed By Virginia DuPont Facility

December 15th, 2016 | [From: EcoNews, Top Stories]

The U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior joined with the Commonwealth of Virginia today announced a proposed settlement with DuPont valued at approximately $50 million to resolve claims stemming from the release of mercury from the former DuPont facility in Waynesboro, Virginia. This is the largest natural resource damage settlement in Virginia’s history.

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Reaches Goal To Protect 1,000 Natural And Historic Treasures

December 15th, 2016 | [From: EcoNews, From Richmond]

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Commonwealth has reached its goal protecting 1,000 Virginia Treasures for the enjoyment of generations of Virginians and visitors to come.

Beyer Introduces Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act To Protect Biodiversity

December 7th, 2016 | [From: EcoNews, From Congress]

This week, U.S. Representative Don Beyer (VA-8) introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2016 to begin reversing the tide of habitat loss and fragmentation for U.S. fish, wildlife, and plant species.

NRG Dickerson Plant Found To Be Source Of Potomac River Sheen

December 6th, 2016 | [From: 2016 Year In Review, EcoNews, Top Stories]

The Unified Command, led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has identified the NRG Dickerson Power Plant in Maryland as the source of the sheen that showed up on the Potomac River more than a week ago. The company agreed to join the Unified Command working to remedy the situation and protect public health.

Potomac Riverkeeper Network Posts $1000 Reward For Information Identifying Source Of Sheen On Potomac River

December 1st, 2016 | [From: EcoNews, Other News]

Potomac Riverkeeper Network announced today that it is offering a $1000 reward for information identifying those responsible for the plume of pollution in the Potomac River that forced water utilities to take measures to protect the drinking water of millions of area residents this week.

Tips To Save Money And Protect The Chesapeake Bay

November 29th, 2016 | [From: EcoNews]

Proper lawn and garden care is an essential part of protecting our local waterways, the Potomac River, and Chesapeake Bay. Fertilizer contains nutrients that may contribute to algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay and local tributaries.

Area Water Utilities’ Response To Potomac River Sheen

November 29th, 2016 | [From: 2016 Year In Review, EcoNews, Top Stories]

State and regional officials reported a sheen on the surface of the Potomac River on Sunday, Nov. 27. Officials are monitoring water quality and the time it takes the plume to reach drinking water intakes. Potential changes to downstream water quality are being evaluated and preparations are in place to protect the region’s drinking water. There is no need for Virginia American Water customers to take any action or precautions at this time.

Alexandria City Council Accelerates Sewer Projects To Support Clean Waterways

November 10th, 2016 | [From: 2016 Year In Review, EcoNews, Top Stories]

At its regular meeting on Nov. 9, City Council voted unanimously to accelerate a series of projects to substantially reduce sewer overflows into local waterways.

American Disposal Partners With Carton Recycling Nonprofit To Boost Carton Recycling

November 1st, 2016 | [From: Business, EcoNews]

American Disposal Services has partnered with carton recycling nonprofit, Carton Council, to launch an awareness campaign to increase recycling of food and beverage carton packaging throughout parts of the DC Metro area.