ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

BUCKINGHAM — John Laury missed his hometown when he lived in California.Union Hill was quiet and clean. Unlike the San Bernadino valley where he lived, smog and heavy air never settled over him, making it hard to breathe.In 2003, he and his wife, Ruby, went back home to Union...
After years of effort from advocates and lawmakers alike, along with multiple studies on how to do it and the cost, both the House and Senate passed legislation last week outlining how and when Dominion Energy will clean up about 30 million tons of coal ash at four sites...
The company behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline says it's the subject of a criminal investigation by the EPA and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia into potential violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal statutes.EQM Midstream Partners made the disclosure in its 2018...
Almost 70 percent of the world’s internet traffic passes through data centers in Loudoun County on a daily basis.More than 100 massive data centers, over 10 million square feet of building space, dot the Northern Virginia landscape around Dulles Airport in what is known as “Data Center Alley.”...
More than two months after it voted to hold a hearing to consider revocation of a key certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, sued by the state over several hundred alleged environmental violations, the State Water Control Board has finally scheduled a meeting for March 1 on the topic.However,...
WASHINGTON — Virginia Democrats are calling on the Trump administration to reverse course on recent moves that could allow seismic airgun testing and offshore drilling off the East Coast.All nine Democrats in Virginia's U.S. congressional delegation — two senators and seven representatives — wrote a letter to Commerce Secretary...
The Solar Foundation has released its National Solar Jobs Census for 2018, showing solar jobs in Virginia increased from 3,565 in 2017 to 3,890 in 2017, an increase of nine percent.That puts Virginia 20th in the nation for solar jobs, though only 34th if measured on a per...
In a news release, Dominion Energy announced Tuesday its plans to reduce methane emissions by 50 percent over the next decade.Under its new initiative, the company will prevent more than 430,000 metric tons of methane, the primary component of natural gas, from entering the atmosphere, "the equivalent of taking...
On Dec. 13, the State Water Control Board passed a motion requiring that a hearing be held to consider whether the water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline  should be revoked.It is now more than eight weeks later and still no date for the hearing has been announced.Meanwhile,...
Virginia won’t enter the nine-state carbon emissions trading program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative until 2020 under regulations being finalized by the state, but debate about how much it might cost utility ratepayers is already heating up.Estimates range from little or no cost — or even...