Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

March 9, 2016

Is Healthy Soil the Solution to Global Warming?

A French Ministry of Agriculture rep and international soil scientists will discuss the science behind soil carbon sequestration and how to drive the rapid, worldwide adoption of regenerative agriculture techniques that sequester carbon at the National Press Club, 8:00-11:00 a.m. on Mar 9 in Washington DC.

"Ex-Freedom Official Southern Sentenced To 30 Days, $20K Fine"

"Gary Southern, the last of six former Freedom Industries officials to face sentencing, will spend 30 days in jail and pay a $20,000 fine for his role in pollution crimes that caused the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding area."

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail, 02/18/2016

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

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