ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Virginia has a novel new approach to meeting its water quality goals: moving chicken waste around the state.As the 2025 deadline for Chesapeake Bay cleanup approaches, the commonwealth is vastly expanding a program that transports poultry litter — a product that includes not only fowl excrement but also leftover...
VIRGINIA BEACH — Billy Almond knows Virginia Beach.He knows where the roads meet the water and where, increasingly, the water is rising to meet the roads. He remembers what the city looked like when he was a child on 84th Street, where when he stepped out of the house...
By Devin WelchLast month, Gov. Ralph Northam made an exciting announcement: that Virginia would aim to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. It’s an ambitious — but essential — target, and much of the reporting post-announcement has focused on a major impetus behind this...
From Maine to Virginia, carbon capping may be coming — this time for cars.On Tuesday, the Transportation and Climate Initiative, an effort by 12 states and Washington, D.C. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, released a draft framework for a “cap and invest” system that would bring the...
Is Virginia off to the clean energy races?Last week saw a cascade of clean energy announcements in Virginia. On Tuesday, Governor Northam issued an Executive Order aimed at achieving 30 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050, and with near-term state procurement targets. On Thursday,...
A Rubbermaid distribution center in Winchester will have to pay an $184,500 fine to the state after the Department of Environmental Quality found that the facility had “knowingly and blatantly constructed and operated” machines that violated state emissions limits.The settlement was announced Wednesday afternoon by Attorney General Mark Herring’s...
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration wants to give electric utilities a pass on proving they could finance a hazardous waste cleanup in the event of a Superfund disaster. The proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says electric utilities should not have to make “financial assurances” to cover the...
After deliberately evading federal emissions standards, Volkswagen was forced to pay out billions in compensation. Now Gov. Ralph Northam has pledged to put $20 million of Virginia's portion of that settlement toward the purchase of zero-emission school buses.The new program, which will be run by the Department of Environmental...
Dominion Energy announced last week it filed plans to build what would be the United States’ largest offshore wind farm, capable of producing 2,600 megawatts of energy, or enough to power 650,000 homes.The news was heralded by environmentalists as an important step in the state’s transition away from fossil...
By Sam Bleicher, Rebecca R. Rubin and Roberta A. KellamOn Sept. 16, Gov. Ralph Northam announced a forward-looking objective of achieving 100 percent renewable electricity for Virginia by 2050. Unfortunately, Virginia cannot reach this goal if the governor, the General Assembly, and the state air and water control boards...