Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

Va. OKs Coal-Ash Water Permit For Chesterfield Plant; Enviros Object

"The State Water Control Board unanimously approved a complex and expansive permit Thursday that will allow Dominion Virginia Power to drain millions of gallons of wastewater from the coal ash ponds at its Chesterfield Power Station, the largest fossil fuel plant in Virginia, then treat it and discharge it into the James River."

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, 09/23/2016

PA: "Could Shell’s Ethane Cracker Erase Recent Gains in Air Quality?"

"Officials around [Pennsylvania] are optimistic about the impact of Shell’s new ethane cracker on the local economy. It will bring thousands of construction jobs to western Pennsylvania and 600 permanent ones once it’s built along the Ohio River in Beaver County. The plant will produce 1.6 million tons of plastic a year out of the region’s natural gas."

Source: Allegheny Front, 09/13/2016

"Hermine Expected To Weaken As It Lingers Offshore"

"Hermine is expected to begin weakening as it churns hundreds of miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters warn it could continue to impact areas from New York to southern New England with pounding waves, coastal flooding and beach erosion before it moves out to sea."

Source: AP, 09/06/2016

Maryland Fines Coal Plants $1 Million For Polluting Potomac, Patuxent

"Maryland is fining the owner of two of the state's largest coal power plants $1 million for dumping too much nitrogen into the Potomac and Patuxent rivers, one of the largest penalties state environmental regulators have levied in years."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 08/31/2016

"Reef Balls Make Maiden Deployment For Oyster Habitat"

"Teamwork from Maryland environmentalists — from elementary schoolers to nonprofit workers — could result in new oyster habitat, and consequently cleaner water, for the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland Coastal Conservation Association members and partners dumped 70 concrete reef balls into the bay on Thursday, the first deployment for the organization's Living Reef Action Campaign."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 08/19/2016


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