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New Solar Farm for Virginia’s Eastern Shore

New Solar Farm for Virginia’s Eastern Shore

A new 20-MW Solar Powered Farm is in the works for Northampton County, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  The new facility has received the required permits from the state and from the county.  For more information, see http://pilotonline.com/business/major-solar-farm-planned-for-eastern-shore/article_0ded48a6-064e-5834-9b7c-faafa2d82bce.html

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EPA Issues Final Formaldehyde Rule

EPA Issues Final Formaldehyde Rule

Yesterday, EPA finalized the rule for controlling formaldehyde vapors from composite wood.  For more information see the EPA’s press release : https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-issues-final-rule-protect-public-exposure-formaldehyde    

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Virginia Water Quality Assessment Comment Period

Virginia Water Quality Assessment Comment Period

Virginia DEQ recently published the draft 2016 Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual.  The manual contains policy and procedure, including changes to the procedure for prioritizing TMDL development.  Public Comment period is open through July 27, 2016.  See the VA DEQ page for more details on how to review and comment: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityAssessments/2016WQAGuidanceManual.aspx

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Air Pollution App

Air Pollution App

Interested in knowing what the air pollution in your major city is like?  There is a new app, for iphone and android, which reports on predicted air pollution levels based on air monitoring data.  Based on user-input sensitivity, it lets you know on an hourly basis whether air pollution levels are too high for various […]

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Virginia Citizen Monitoring Grants

Virginia Citizen Monitoring Grants

Virginia DEQ has posted instructions for applying for the 2017 Citizen Water Monitoring Grants.  Applications are due by the end of August 2016.  For details, see http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityMonitoring/CitizenMonitoring/GrantOpportunities.aspx

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Richmond Wins 2016 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards

Richmond Wins 2016 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards

Richmond’s Sustainability Plan, created in 2010, took home the first place award (and $25,000 for a local nonprofit) for the 2016 Mayors’ Climate Protection in the large cities category. Richmond’s Sustainability Plan includes development of bike infrastructure and plans, conversion of intersection signals to LED lamps, and hosting the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, among other […]

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First Solar Flight Around the World

First Solar Flight Around the World

Today a solar plane completed the first ever solar-fueled flight around the world, which started June 20th from John F. Kennedy Airport. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/solar-impulse-2-atlantic-crossing_us_576bac0ce4b065534f48fb08?ir=Green&section=us_green&utm_hp_ref=green

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Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Monday, June 20, 2016 is the summer solstice.  Check out EPA’s tips for sun safety during these long days of summer!  https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/action-steps-sun-protection-1  

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Food Measurements to Help Reduce Waste

Food Measurements to Help Reduce Waste

The World Resource Institute is working to develop a standard for measuring food loss and waste, with the goal of gathering the information needed to begin rerouting potential waste to those in need.  This new standard will be used by affiliates of the Consumer Goods Forum as they measure their progress towards a 50% reduction […]

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Toxic Substances Control Act to be Updated

Toxic Substances Control Act to be Updated

Congress is about to reform the TSCA to allow for more EPA control and oversight of new chemicals.  For more details, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/congress-chemical-safety_us_57465c2fe4b055bb117137d2?ir=Green&section=us_green&utm_hp_ref=green

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