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2018 National Great American Gardener Award

June 20, 2018

The American Horticultural Society will present the Great American Gardener Awards to 12 outstanding individuals during a ceremony at its River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

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City Of Alexandria Recognized For Commitment to Addressing Climate Change

June 20, 2018

The City of Alexandria and its Eco-City initiative ranked sixth on a list of 131 cities working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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EPA And Army Take Next Step To Redefine “Waters Of The United States”

June 15, 2018

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army will be sending a proposed “Step 2” rule that would redefine “waters of the United States” to the Office of Management and Budget for interagency review. The agencies will issue the proposal for public comment after the interagency review process is complete.

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Beyer, Kaptur Lead 70+ Democrats In Calling On Pruitt To Halt Assault On Clean Air

June 14, 2018

U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (VA-08) and Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today led 71 Democrats in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt expressing grave concerns over his May 9th memorandum regarding future National Ambient Air Quality Standards reviews and standard setting.

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Governor Northam Joins Coastal Governors Urging Congress To Reject Offshore Drilling Legislation

June 14, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today signed a letter with a coalition of governors from coastal states, urging Congressional leadership to reject legislation that would punish states for seeking to block offshore drilling and protect their coasts.  

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Governor Engages Local Communities In Chesapeake Bay Restoration

June 5, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam yesterday kicked off a new phase of Virginia’s efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. Working with local communities, elected officials and technical experts, Virginia will prepare a third phase of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan to ensure that pollution control measures to reduce excess nutrients and soil runoff are in place no later than 2025.

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Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

June 5, 2018

On Saturday, June 2, the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services participated in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 30th annual Clean the Bay Day, which served as our Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week kickoff event.

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Resource Recovery Announcements

June 4, 2018

The Resource Recovery Division reported a 49.8% recycling rate for 2017 to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. 

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Trump Administration Seeks To Subsidize Coal, Keep Old Plants Burning Proposed Subsidies For Coal, Nuke Industries Mark The Height Of Administration Hypocrisy

June 4, 2018

President Trump is seeking to subsidize over-budget nuclear reactors and outdated coal facilities while ordering his energy secretary to halt the closures of uneconomical coal plants, turning back the clock on years of energy advances and economic trends.

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Beyer And Lowenthal: Trump Administration “Disastrous” On Climate Change

June 1, 2018

Congressional Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Don Beyer (VA-08) released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s decision to initiate U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement:

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