September 24, 2016
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According to a recent Daily Press article, "Dominion spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris said the company has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for permission to keep the Yorktown coal units running until June 2017.
She said the company understands that the EPA will issue its permission on or shortly after its current exemption expires. The plant, which runs only at times when demand is high, is not currently generating power."
April 12, 2016
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February 29, 2016
We just heard that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the request of the American Farm Bureau Federation and its allies to take up their case challenging the legality of the Chesapeake Bay clean-up plan known as the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
This is perhaps THE most historic day for the Bay, its thousands of rivers and streams, and the 17 million people that call this region home. Everyone who cares about clean water can breathe easier now that the Supreme Court has let stand the lower court decision that the Blueprint is perfectly legal under the federal Clean Water Act.
January 15, 2016
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November 5, 2015
The plan requires states to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 32 percent during the next 15 years, compared to 2005 levels, and gives states flexibility in achieving those reductions. Virginia already has reduced carbon pollution from the power sector by 16 percent since 2008.
Fittingly, the American Lung Association in Virginia supported the move, saying the Clean Power Plan, when fully implemented, will save up to 6,600 premature deaths nationwide each year and up to 150,000 asthma attacks.
Thank you, Mark.
October 20, 2015
It seems that the chemical oxybenzone, found in more than 3500 popular sunscreens, is killing coral reefs. 80 percent of our reefs in the Caribbean are lost already. Degraded bleached out reefs might recover, but it takes a LONG time.
Anywhere from 6000 to 14,00 tons of sunscreen lotion wash off our bodies and into coral reef areas each year. And much of that sunscreen contains between one and ten percent oxybenzone. I just checked the Nutrigena products we use and see 6 percent oxybenzone.
So check EWG's Guide to sunscreens at ewg.org to see the ones they highly recommend. You will probably not be familiar with most of these brands.
October 18, 2015
Indeed, OVERALL water "quality" improved due to the eagle count, phosphorus reduction and wastewater upgrades. But a parent looking at this report card would see these numbers and question Jimmy's teacher:
56% in stream health
40% in agriculture pollution control
44% in sediment reduction
36% in storm water pollution controls
30% in vegetated buffer restoration
58% in underwater grasses
Look here to see the entire report card: http://www.jamesriverassociation.org/stateofthejames
October 11, 2015
- Quite a bit of our local drinking water from groundwater aquifers is 40,000 years old.
- Virginia receives an average of 40 inches of rain each year, but less than one-half inch of it soaks into our groundwater sediment.
- Our groundwater has dropped as much as 200 feet during the last century in some areas in Virginia.
- In James City County, current water consumption (in 2015) is 5.6 million gallons per DAY.
- Virginia's DEQ may cut James City County's daily water withdrawal to 3.8 to 4 million gallons.
Other eye-opening news is that the EPA tells us that $6.7 billion is needed for drinking water infrastructure needs in Virginia alone. $4.5 billion for pipeline improvements.
And $384 BILLION just to maintain the existing drinking water infrastructure in the entire country.
September 19, 2015
September 2, 2015
Then there is a big hit if you exceed a limit: $11.59 per thousand gallons in tier three. That should discourage homeowners from defying the county irrigation schedule of three times weekly.
But they do not seem to be enforcing their regs in many neighborhoods.
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July 18, 2015
ProPublica claims that California and Arizona have been miscalculating their water supplies for decades. Hmmm. We already know that the recent drought in California prompted Governor Jerry Brown to curtail the public's water use, but what happens when the real amount of water remaining is revealed? Many already predict future "water wars." Who is watching here?
Our reservoirs are quite visible, but most of our water comes from aquifers that re-fill at a "glacial speed." Pun intended. In James City County, a majority of our system wells pump from the Chickahominy-Piney Point Aquifer (250-300 feet deep). Five other wells pump from the Potomac Aquifer (300-836 feet deep).
In October 2014, there was a bit of hoopla in local papers with headlines shouting "James City groundwater withdrawals could dry up," but I have not heard much conversation about that topic since. Counties contract with the state's DEQ about renewing their limits on withdrawing water. So the topic should resurface soon.