"The coronavirus is scrambling Virginia's budget and economy, but it didn't prevent Gov. Ralph Northam (D) from signing legislation that makes it the first Southern state with a goal of going carbon-free by 2045."
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"Climate change means more floods, which overwhelm urban sewers and send raw sewage into rivers and streams. Philadelphia is aiming to capture rainwater before it flows into city drains."
"A bill that will phase out the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in the state has passed the Maryland General Assembly."
"RICHMOND, Va. — Environmental advocates notched one win after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge."
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"Virginia's General Assembly sent a bill to the governor's desk last week that would create the South's first mandate for 100% carbon-free power and effectively remake the state's grid with clean energy."
"When migratory fish follow their ancestral instinct to swim up Delaware’s Brandywine Creek during this spring’s spawning season, they will find, for the first time in more than 200 years, that their route is not blocked by a dam."
"The U.S. Supreme Court is set to wade into a long-running battle between developers of a 605-mile (975-kilometer) natural gas pipeline and environmental groups who oppose the pipeline crossing the storied Appalachian Trail."
"Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday it is moving to “phase out” use of chlorpyrifos, a harmful pesticide used on food crops."