ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Regulators from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality raised questions about whether the company seeking an air permit to build a massive gas plant in Charles City County met statutory requirements for informing the public of the project’s impacts, emails from the agency show. The permit for the 1,650-megawatt plant,...
A federal appeals court has decided to let a lower court determine whether the key permit underpinning Dominion Energy’s controversial James River transmission line should be overturned, which leaves the already-completed $400 million project in legal limbo.On May 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of...
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Virginia’s ban on uranium mining after decades of wrangling over the issue.“Congress conspicuously chose to leave untouched the states’ historic authority over the regulation of mining activities on private lands within their borders,” wrote Justice Neil Gorsuch for the court. “We are...
The developer of a proposed golf course at the environmentally sensitive and historically significant Fones Cliffs on the banks of the Rappahannock River has filed for bankruptcy, court filings show.On May 3, Benito Fernandez, the president of Virginia True Corporation, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy...
WASHINGTON —  Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blasted how President Donald Trump administration is managing the agency this week, saying the administration runs the risk of harming the environment and public health for years to come.The former EPA chiefs — who led the agency under...
WIRTZ — Little Creek ran chocolate-milkshake brown, surging with flood water as it splashed over its banks just feet from where lengths of the Mountain Valley Pipeline lay mounted on wooden blocks and submerged in ditches.Two dozen people trudged through the mud and muck, surveying what was once a...
Dominion Energy faced pointed questions from a State Corporation Commission judge Tuesday over whether the utility should have spent several hundred million dollars in 2015 to retrofit two of its coal-fired units to comply with new state and federal environmental regulations.“Dominion moved forward that spring on retrofitting these plants...
Twenty-eight Virginia General Assembly members are urging a federal court to overturn a controversial permit granted by the State Air Pollution Control Board for a compressor station key to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on the grounds that it would irreparably harm Buckingham County’s historic freedman’s community of Union Hill.“Placing...
DANVILLE — This former tobacco and textile town's oldest and newest symbols of economic prosperity soaked up sunlight on a recent early summer afternoon.Tobacco seedlings stretched for the sky in the mid-90s heat, same as they have here for 300 years.Today, that legacy crop is supplemented by another kind...
Virginia's bank of old-growth forest grew by 280 acres Wednesday after the Capital Region Land Conservancy formally recognized the induction of the James River Park System's parklands, under easement, into the national Old-Growth Forest Network.Today, less than 1% of the East Coast’s forests are considered “old growth,” with fewer...