ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

For 36 years, uranium mining in Virginia has been banned.The practice, which has usually been isolated to the western part of the country, produces uranium that can power nuclear reactors, like those at Dominion Energy's Surry and North Anna nuclear power plants, which produce roughly 31 percent of the...
The Virginia State Corporation Commission on Friday approved Dominion Energy Virginia’s proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, but not happily.A news release from the SCC complains about the “excessive costs” of the two turbines about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach and the way it is...
The State Corporation Commission has endorsed a pair of Dominion Energy renewable energy projects: two offshore wind test turbines and an agreement to purchase power from an independent 80-megawatt solar facility in Halifax County.The approval of the wind turbines, which are to be built about 27 miles off the...
An environmental group in coastal Virginia is urging voters to oppose a constitutional amendment intended to offer tax relief to property owners facing recurring flooding, prompting a debate that echoes larger concerns about how states and localities should respond to sea-level rise.On ballots statewide Tuesday, the measure would give...
Attorney General Mark Herring is suing the company that owns the Tri City Landfill in Petersburg for repeated violations of waste management practices and stormwater control.CFS Group Disposal & Recycling Services, which owns the landfill, was alerted four times going back to 2015 of a range of problems, including waste...
Virginia is investing $14 million to deploy all-electric transit buses across the state, according to a news release.The investment represents 15 percent of the Virginia's $93.6 million Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation. Earlier this year, the state devoted another 15 percent of the allocation to set up a contract...
Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board approved a handful of changes Monday to a sweeping proposed carbon rule that would cap the allowable amount of emissions from power plants starting in 2020 and enter into a multi-state market-based program to reduce emissions.If approved — which could be next year...
It can't be said enough, and it's something that's easy to lose sight of amid the labyrinthine legal and permitting debates around the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which could be getting federal approval to start full construction in Virginia any minute now.The need for Dominion Energy's 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline...
Virginia is looking to assume a “prominent role” in the developing U.S. East Coast offshore wind industry, in large part by collaborating with neighboring states.That was the message Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Director John Warren brought to the two-day American Wind Energy Association offshore wind...
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has cleared the way for Dominion Energy's 600-mile, deeply divisive Atlantic Coast Pipeline to begin construction here.The agency has signed off on plans for how workers will manage erosion, sediment and stormwater along the route, which will cross hundreds of waterways and some...