Environmental Protecton Agency

Ideas for the EPA

May 27, 2014

Following dire new predictions about climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to impose new limits on the nation’s power plants.

Some states already have aggressive policies to reduce the use of coal and other fossil fuels, while promoting wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy. 

In a new book, University of Virginia Professor Vivian Thomson says there are lessons to be learned from those states.

Two major lobbyists – the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Fertilizer Institute -- have some new allies in their legal fight against a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and environmentalists here are furious. 

New Regulations on the Coal Industry

Dec 2, 2013

Proponents of coal are warning the shifting energy economy in the southwestern part of Virginia could ripple across the rest of the commonwealth.

The Obama Administration is placing strict new regulations on the coal industry. Southwestern Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says his constituents are feeling the impact already.

“It’s devastating on the district. It will affect the rest of the state as well, but not nearly as much as it will in my district in deep southwest Virginia.”

The Chesapeake Bay watershed spans six states and the District of Columbia. Within this watershed are several large cities, including Cooperstown, N.Y.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Baltimore, Md.; Washington, D.C.; and Norfolk, Richmond and Charlottesville, and the bay supports more than 2,700 species of plants and animals.

Poisoned Eagles

Apr 25, 2013

Federal and state wildlife agencies are searching for those responsible for poisoning six bald eagles last month on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 
 

Ironically, the eagles were found on a farm in Birdsnest, Virginia, a well-known migratory corridor. Eagles often arrive in late winter when food is scarce so they scavenge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say someone may have set out poisoned bait to kill a fox or coyote but killed five eagles instead.

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