Pollution

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The level of environmental pollution rose in Virginia for the first time in seven years. And once again, Montgomery County in the southwestern part of the state, tops the list for the largest amount of toxic emissions. But some say the numbers are misleading.

VA's Waterways At Risk

Dec 22, 2014
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Virginians tired of the cold weather may already be dreaming of summer plans—days on the beach, swimming, fishing, kayaking, jet skiing, or canoeing on favorite waterways.  But in some cases, those plans could get canceled because rising pollution and bacterial levels force temporary closures of those locations. The Department of Environmental Quality’s latest “Impaired Waters” report makes that scenario more likely for a larger number of waterways.

DEQ's Bill Hayden says the impairment is not necessarily due to more pollutants.

Coal Ash Spill Affects Virginia and North Carolina

Feb 7, 2014
Lynchburg News and Advance

We’ve told you about a coal ash spill in Eden, North Carolina that’s worked its way into the Dan River in Danville.  Officials with Duke Energy, the company in charge of the spill, along with state and local officials, have conducted tests on the drinking water there.

Duke Energy officials will be giving an update to Danville City Council members Friday at 1pm.

Take the Bike

Sep 20, 2013

Virginia is known for scenic roadways, but when it comes to alternative modes of transportation, such as commuting by bicycle, it ranks near the bottom nationwide.

Class change at Virginia Tech transforms the bucolic campus into something that looks more like a busy urban center with buses, cars and pedestrians all trying to get by.

Happier Honey Bees

May 7, 2013
Dan Addison via UVA

With the coming of spring, bee hives across the state are buzzing, but beekeepers say the insects face another challenging season - gathering pollen from plants sprayed with pesticides, fighting off parasites and disease. 

Rowan Sprague is an engineering student whose career took a surprising turn at the University of Virginia.  That’s where she started hearing all kinds of interesting stuff about bees.

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