Charlie Paullin

Charlie Paullin

Charles Paullin covers energy and environment for the Mercury. He previously worked for Northern Virginia Daily in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and for the New Britain Herald in central Connecticut. An Alexandria native, Charles graduated from the University of Hartford initially wanting to cover sports. He's received several Virginia Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, local government and state politics.

UVA report sheds light on utility-scale solar farm decommissioning

By: - August 31, 2022

Guidance on how local governments can protect themselves when utility-scale solar farms reach the end of their life is now available with the release of a report from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. The 60-page report released Tuesday comes after an April survey found decommissioning solar facilities to be one […]

Virginia waters troubled by multiple harmful algal blooms

By: - August 30, 2022

Phenomena known as harmful algal blooms have led Virginia to add portions of Lake Anna and six other water bodies to its impaired waters list, an inventory of waterways that don’t meet state environmental standards. Other listed waterways include Mint Springs Lake in Albemarle County, Aquia Creek east of Stafford, Wilcox Lake south of Petersburg, […]

Federal regulators grant Mountain Valley Pipeline four-year extension

By: - August 25, 2022

The federal government granted Mountain Valley Pipeline a four-year extension to complete work Tuesday, with regulators labeling the approval an administrative decision and environmental groups expressing their dissatisfaction. “Granting a request for an extension of time to complete an approved action does not constitute the substantial changes to the proposed action envisioned in the NEPA […]

EPA removes Chesterfield car battery site from Superfund list

By: - August 24, 2022

A site near the James River used nearly 40 years ago by a company that dismantled car batteries is no longer on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of highly polluted areas known as Superfund sites. The EPA announced the removal of the 11-acre site in Chesterfield County used by C&R Battery Company Inc. from the […]