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Court rules that Dominion’s coal ash polluted Elizabeth River

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Dominion Virginia Power’s storage of coal ash at a now-closed plant near the Elizabeth River has been illegally polluting groundwater and the river for years. The decision could impact Dominion’s plans to permanently store ash in pits at other plants where coal has historically been burned for power.

U.S. District Judge John Gibney Jr. in Richmond ruled that the Sierra Club had proved that arsenic from four coal ash impoundments at Chesapeake Energy Center has contaminated groundwater and seeped into the Elizabeth River. In a 21-page opinion, Gibney wrote that the pollution violates the federal Clean Water Act because the company did not have a discharge permit from state regulators for such releases.

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Chesapeake watershed’s early bloomers first to usher in spring

April showers may bring May flowers, but begin looking for early blooming flowers now. Plants are often the first notable indicator that the seasons are changing. Tightly packed buds are already beginning to slowly unfurl...
Kathy Reshetiloff | Bay Naturalist 03/17/17

VEE marks 40 years of supporting the environment by looking to the future

This year, the Virginia Environmental Endowment, a nonprofit, independent grant-making foundation based in Richmond, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Although its grants and leveraged matching gifts have resulted in more...
Joseph H. Maroon | Forum 03/23/17

Warm air masks coldwater dangers for paddlers

Parts of the Chesapeake region experienced expectedly warm weather recently, with some days in February feeling more like April. For paddlers, those first bursts of warm weather awaken the call of the kayak. If you count...
Lara Lutz | Bay Journeys Article 03/22/17
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Chesapeake Bay Week on MPT

The Bay Journal is a partner in the second Chesapeake Bay Summit, a discussion about key issues in the Bay restoration hosted by Maryland Public Television during Chesapeake Bay Week. This year, the Summit aired on April 27 and focused on the challenges of growth and development. Watch it here, and read the following articles related to the 2015 Summit:

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