Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

Sierra Club: Low Income and Minority Zip Codes Face Worst Air Pollution

Aug 2, 2017

A new survey shows people living in low income and minority communities are often subject to the worst air pollution in the state.

Jessie Knadler

The Middle River flows through Bobby Whitescarver and his wife Jeanne Trimble Hoffman’s 40 acre farm in Swoope. It looks like chocolate milk.  “This is the biggest river in Augusta County and it’s the most polluted,” he says.  

Richmond Sets Ambitious Environmental Goals

Apr 26, 2017
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Virginia’s capital city is looking to become energy efficient. Richmond’s mayor is pushing a new proposal to drastically cut carbon emissions. But, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, details on how that will be accomplished are limited.

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While the president and Republicans in Washington are calling for fewer environmental regulations, a new poll of Virginians shows support for federal protections of clean air and water.  

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More than 50 years ago, a DuPont factory outside Waynesboro dumped mercury into the river. Now, in an historic settlement, the company is paying the state $50 million to clean up. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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