ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

In an unusual step by a state executive, Gov. Ralph Northam has asked the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to shut down Virginia’s menhaden fishery after its main participant, Omega Protein, announced that it would exceed the federal cap limiting the taking of the small oily fish in the Chesapeake...
WASHINGTON — Fifteen of the most contaminated sites in Virginia are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a new report from a government watchdog agency. The Government Accountability Office, an independent agency that works for the U.S. Congress, assessed how impacts of climate change — including flooding,...
The age of the battery dawned with a dead frog, but its next chapter may be all about keeping one alive.That link isn’t as obscure as it might seem. The first frog, after all, was quite literal: in 1780, Italian scientist Luigi Galvani laid the groundwork for the creation...
By Eric Everington/ Capital News Service Virginia recycled almost half of its trash last year, setting a record despite China’s ban on importing plastic and other solid waste. The statewide recycling rate in 2018 was 46% — up 3 percentage points from the previous year, according to data released this week by...
By Irène Mathieu, MD As a pediatrician in Central Virginia, I see evidence of how environmental contamination can threaten children’s health, which is why I am opposing the Green Ridge mega-landfill that has been proposed in Cumberland County. Every day in my clinic, I encounter children with severe asthma or babies who...
A hotly opposed transmission line built by Dominion Energy across a historic stretch of the James River won’t be demolished after a federal judge charged with revisiting the project’s permit decided not to overturn it.“Since its installation, the project has become a crucial source of electricity in the area,”...
Virginia’s State Corporation Commission has approved Dominion Energy Virginia’s request to offer a new product to electric utility customers who want to buy renewable energy at a discount but lack the knowledge to understand when they are being taken for chumps. “Rider REC” is an ultra-cheap version of the company’s...
If the stalwart presence of the U.S. military in Virginia makes you feel safer in an uncertain world plagued by sea level rise and climate change, a recent report by the U.S. Army War College would like to disabuse you of that sense of security.According to “Implications of Climate...
It’s not every day that the names of a major utility and the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization share space on a banner. But at the American Wind Energy Association’s annual offshore wind conference earlier this month in Boston, the logos of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club...
Dominion Energy intends to move forward alone with developing the nation’s largest proposed offshore wind farm, an enterprise estimated to cost $8 billion, top utility leaders indicated to investors in a third-quarter earnings call Friday morning.“The project will be developed and owned by Dominion Energy Virginia, with regulated cost...