GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Clean Virginia, an advocacy organization, says it has a dollar figure for the cost of "monopoly utility corruption in Virginia politics" for Dominion Energy customers: $254.20 per year.The report also analyzed prices from Appalachian Power and found customers are charged an average of $89 extra each year.“Virginians are being...
Workers at Virginia’s state parks say they’re trying to kill Chinese bushclover, an invasive plant that grows in thick stands, choking out native flora.And they sounded just a bit frustrated during a meeting this week when they noted their colleagues at another state agency, the Virginia Department of Transportation,...
In its first report to the General Assembly on needle exchanges in Virginia, the state's Department of Health is hoping lawmakers will give them more time to get going.Needle exchanges — also known as comprehensive harm reduction or syringe services programs — have only been legal in Virginia for...
Governor Ralph Northam included $50 million in his proposed budget for a program that offers incentives to internet service providers to extend fast service to underserved parts of the state.The Virginia Telecommunications Initiative currently has an annual budget of $4 million. Municipalities or other governmental bodies — such as...
Dominion Energy Virginia employees were briefing a stakeholder group on the company’s Integrated Resource Plan last Friday morning when text messages started popping up on phones all over the room: the State Corporation Commission had just rejected the IRP and ordered a do-over.Awkward.The SCC has never rejected a...
The State Water Control Board will consider revoking a crucial water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which was hit with a state lawsuit over several hundred violations related to erosion, sediment and stormwater controls.James Lofton, one of two new board members participating in their first meeting Thursday,...
Gov. Ralph Northam announced that his proposed budget will include $36 million to increase the number of counselors at schools across the state in an effort to ramp up school safety and provide more support to students facing mental health challenges.Suicide is the leading cause of death among school-aged...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, vacated another permit for Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline Thursday, this time concluding that the U.S. Forest Service lacked the authority to allow the pipeline across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, among other findings.An environmental attorney who...
House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, wants the Library of Virginia to work faster when cataloging documents from gubernatorial administrations.But without more staff, processing documents and making them available to the public faster will be difficult, said Sandra Treadway, the Librarian of Virginia.Gilbert filed a bill this week that...
President Donald Trump's administration's proposed rollbacks to federal clean water regulations would strip some wetlands, as well as headwater streams, in Virginia of federal protections and leave them vulnerable to pollution and real estate development, a report says.The new rules would redefine which "waters of the U.S." are protected...