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  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation sues Va. over livestock rules

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is suing Virginia water protection officials to require large livestock operations to fence off rivers and streams from their animals. The lawsuit, scheduled to be heard Thursday…

  • Baltimore to get a second water wheel to help harbor cleanup

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore is looking at getting a second trash-collecting water wheel. The Canton Water Wheel, which would be located at the Harris Creek outfall, is part of Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative. The…

  • Opponents of new gas plant ask court to halt construction

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Opponents of a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County are asking a federal court to halt construction until it can hear their appeal of the project’s approval. The Baltimore Sun…

  • Rulings require feds to consider carbon impact of coal mines

    DENVER (AP) — Beset by power plant closures, growing regulatory scrutiny and proposed changes in how they pay royalties, coal mines are facing a new obstacle — a review of how coal extracted and burned…

  • FERC rejects bid for more hearings on natural gas pipeline

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A request for additional regulatory hearings on a pipeline that would deliver natural gas to the Southeast has been turned down. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (http://bit.ly/1H61jQp) rejected the request by…

  • Neighbors complain of Norfolk Southern coal dust

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An environmental group has presented a scientific report that shows significant levels of coal dust can be found in neighborhoods near Norfolk Southern’s massive terminal on the Elizabeth River. Residents in…

  • Sparrows Point settlement to include $3 million in projects

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A company hired to demolish an old steel mill in Baltimore and the mill’s former owner will undertake $3 million in new environmental projects for the site. The agreement is part of…

  • Amendment to “gut” fracking liability bill fails

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate voted down an amendment stripping the words “ultrahazardous and abnormally dangerous” from a fracking bill. In a 20-26 vote, the lawmakers on Thursday defeated the change, preserving the…

  • Prince Charles speaks on dangers of plastic waste in oceans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince Charles took a detour from his visits to various D.C. tourist spots to deliver a speech on the threat of plastic waste accumulating in the world’s oceans. The Prince of Wales…

  • Deal nearing on fertilizer regulations

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Stakeholders are nearing an agreement on how the state will regulate fertilizer and phosphorous pollution. Sen. Paul Pinsky told the Senate on Wednesday that representatives of the agricultural and environmental communities,…

  • Survey of GW National Forest for pipeline wins US OK

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The builders of a proposed natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina have the green light to survey a 12.6-mile slice of the George Washington National Forest. The Forest…

  • Bill to implement fertilizer regulations gets stripped

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Senate committee has voted in favor of an amended bill that sets deadlines for reducing phosphorous pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. In a 7-4 vote down party lines, the committee…

  • Scope of climate change commission expanded by Senate

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has voted to increase the responsibilities and scope of the state’s Commission on Climate Change. Senators voted 32-14 on Tuesday for the bill, with support and opposition for…

  • Fairfax to spray for cankerworms this spring

    WASHINGTON – With clocks set to spring forward this weekend, and the snow set to melt, Fairfax County is turning to its bug spraying plans for the spring, including one that has proven to be…

  • WVU, Va. coal company at odds over research papers

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources is seeking thousands of documents related to the research of a former West Virginia University professor who blames mountaintop coal mining for increased health risks. The Virginia-based energy…