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Maine Law Hid Threats to Public from Oil Trains

Maine passed a law in 2015 that allowed railroads to keep oil-train routing information from the public — over the governor's veto. In the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting's Pine Tree Watchdog, Dave Sherwood reports how the provision was a bait-and-switch.

Maryland To Fight Dominion Plan To Release Coal-Ash Water Into VA Creek

"Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office said Monday that it plans to fight a plan by the Dominion Virginia Power company to release about 215 million gallons of treated coal-ash water into a creek that connects to the Potomac River."

Source: Wash Post, 02/16/2016

"James River Association To Challenge Dominion Coal Ash Permit"

"The James River Association says they will challenge a permit issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to Dominion Virginia Power last month, which will allow the discharge of 350 million gallons of coal ash pond water into the James River."

Source: WTVR, 02/11/2016

"Rail Cars Laden With Coal Ash Rolling Into Virginia Landfill"

"Two years after one of the nation's worst coal ash spills, 1 ½ million tons of the potentially toxic waste byproduct from coal-fired power generation is being moved by rail from the banks of the Dan River in North Carolina to a landfill in central Virginia."

Source: AP, 02/01/2016

"Sentencings Set for Ex-Execs in West Virginia Chemical Spill"

"Two years after thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent leaked into the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians, the sentencings of six officials at a chemical distributor this month will bring to a close criminal cases in the spill."

Source: AP, 02/01/2016

Maryland Moves Toward Suing Oil Industry on Ground Water Contamination

"Following the lead of several other states, Maryland is preparing to sue the oil industry for the costs of cleaning up a one-time gasoline additive that’s contaminated   water across the state."

Source: Bay Journal, 01/29/2016
February 4, 2016

QER (Quadrennial Energy Review) Public Stakeholder Meeting

Join U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dan Utech, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, for a public meeting on the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through end use. Attend in D.C. or watch live.

"Navy: Drinking Water Contaminated At Fentress In Chesapeake"

"CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- High levels of contaminants from a firefighting foam that was used for decades at Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field were found in its well water during a recent laboratory test, leading Navy officials Wednesday to tell workers to drink only bottled water until a permanent solution is available."

Source: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 01/22/2016

Dominion Plants To Drain Coal Ash Ponds Soon, And Lawsuits Likely"

"Dominion Virginia Power could begin draining two coal-ash ponds into Chesapeake Bay tributaries any day now, following a state board’s approval last week. But officials from the power company say it will be months, not weeks, before designs for treating and dewatering the ponds will be completed."

Source: Bay Journal, 01/22/2016

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