Environment
Looking off into the Chesapeake Bay / Jacquelyn Martin/ AP

Clean water

Environment | EPA plan to restore Chesapeake Bay makes progress, but cost concerns remain
by Zachary Abate
Posted 7/13/11, 02:18 pm

One of the biggest water pollution control projects in American history, the plan to restore Chesapeake Bay, is off to a solid start, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The first phase of pollution control reductions has made significant improvement as part of the plan to clean the environmentally damaged estuary by 2025.

However local officials, farming groups, and homebuilders worry that the plan has overstepped its boundaries, devastating municipal budgets and reducing the amount of available farmland.

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Shoosmith Landfill, Chesterfield, Va. (AP/Steve Helber)

Dumping grounds

Environment | New report shows increase in Virginia's trash importation for the first time since 2006
by Zachary Abate
Posted 6/14/11, 06:47 pm

The amount of trash shipped to Virginia from other states for disposal grew last year for the first time since 2006, according to a report released Monday.

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Coal concerns

Environment | New report stresses negative effects of future coal-fire plant, ignores benefits
by Zachary Abate
Posted 5/27/11, 03:40 pm

Pollution caused by a coal-fire plant proposed for Surry County will lead to 26 premature deaths annually, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation claimed on Monday. In addition to the premature deaths, coal-fire pollution could create over $200 million in health costs every year and threaten drinking water in south Hampton Roads.

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