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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. Catch him in nature experiencing all the outdoors has to offer, and contact him at [email protected]

Elk hunt lottery draws over 30,000 applications

By: - October 28, 2022

Over 30,000 applications were submitted for Virginia’s first elk hunt lottery, generating more than half a million dollars, according to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. Gray Anderson, director of the agency’s Wildlife Resources Division, said the department received 31,951 applications to participate in the inaugural Elk Management Zone hunt between Oct. 8 and 14. […]

Sportfishing group presents petition to move Omega Protein out of Chesapeake Bay

By: - October 27, 2022

The Virginia Saltwater Sportfishing Association is calling on the governor and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to halt menhaden fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, this time with the backing of a petition with 11,000 signatures. Association president Stephen Atkinson presented the petition to the office of Gov. Glenn Youngkin Monday before presenting it to the […]

Power supplier for Virginia electric co-ops building five new solar projects

By: - October 26, 2022

In its effort to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is constructing five new solar projects, four of which will be in Virginia, that will generate 22.5 megawatts of power. ODEC, a nonprofit power generation and transmission provider for nine electric cooperatives in Virginia, one in Maryland and one in Delaware, […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline halts eminent domain actions for Southgate extension

By: - October 21, 2022

Mountain Valley Pipeline has decided to withdraw eminent domain actions against land in North Carolina the company sought for its Southgate extension, a 75-mile offshoot of the main pipeline that would carry gas from Pittsylvania south to Rockingham and Alamance counties. “As the timing, design, and scope of this project continue to be evaluated, MVP […]

Virginia joins multistate investigation into major banks’ net-zero commitments

By: - October 20, 2022

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares is joining 18 other states in an investigation of six major American banks over their environmental, social and governance, or ESG, investing, citing harms to Virginia farmers and companies. ESG is an umbrella term used to describe companies’ consideration of environmental, social and governance factors such as climate change and […]

Amid climate change pressures, Virginia reexamines septic regulations

By: - October 20, 2022

A photograph shows a stretch of residential properties at Windmill Point in Lancaster County that are completely flooded to the point of appearing to be marshlands. In the middle of one is a red circle. “I think it pretty succinctly sums up the issue,” Lance Gregory, director of the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of […]

Youngkin to propose funding for small modular nuclear reactors

By: - October 15, 2022

Within two weeks of rolling out a Virginia energy plan that included a push for new nuclear development, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced plans for a multimillion dollar investment in the energy source. Youngkin said Friday he will include in his budget proposal at the end of the year $10 million for a new Virginia […]

Dominion shared solar minimum bill to remain $55.10 per month

By: - October 14, 2022

Dominion Energy customers who enroll in a new shared solar program will be required to pay a monthly minimum bill that critics say is too high. But those interested in a different solar program for people who live in multifamily housing like apartments will see a lower administrative fee than initially proposed by the utility. […]

D.C. regional planning group touts carbon reductions

By: - October 13, 2022

A regional planning group did what the critics said it couldn’t: reach carbon reduction targets for 2020. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments said Wednesday the region it represents had met its goal of reducing net carbon emissions by 20% from 2005 levels. “This is a huge accomplishment,” said Gretchen Goldman, an assistant director at […]

City of Martinsville opposing reopening of Henry County wastewater plant

By: - October 12, 2022

The city of Martinsville is suing the state and the Henry County Public Service Authority over the issuance of a permit to reopen a wastewater treatment plant in Henry County.  The lawsuit marks yet another conflict between the two localities as Martinsville seeks to revert from an independent city to a town within Henry County, […]

Citizen group pushes for halt to open burning at Radford Army Ammunition Plant

By: - October 11, 2022

Alyssa Carpenter hadn’t reached the age of 30 when she had her thyroid removed. A former student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, she began getting sick after she graduated. Eventually doctors found her thyroid was extremely diseased and suspected it could be cancerous. Now, aged 28, even though her thyroid has been removed, health problems […]

Virginia looking to loans for local flood resiliency efforts

By: - October 10, 2022

HAMPTON – The head of the Department of Conservation and Recreation said Virginia would begin using more loans rather than just relying on grants to fund local flood resiliency efforts. DCR Director Matt Wells told the Joint Subcommittee on Recurrent Flooding Thursday his agency is looking to tap into the new Resilient Virginia Revolving Loan […]