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  • 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…

  • US funds to Va. totaling $1.75 million aimed at bay

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is receiving $1.75 million in federal funds to support the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. Announced Thursday by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the funding is through the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

  • Prince William school among 4 nominated for national environmental award

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Education is nominating four schools for the 2015 national Green Ribbon School program that recognizes environmental awareness. Bassett High School in Henry County was nominated for reducing…

  • Lawmaker asks for halt on fracking plans in Maryland

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Health officials and environmental advocates in Maryland are asking for a temporary stop to plans for fracking in the western part of the state. Montgomery County Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo announced the…

  • Former Md. governor: Offshore drilling plan ‘a big mistake’

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says a plan allowing offshore drilling along a wide area of the Atlantic Coast is “a big mistake” by President Barack Obama’s administration. O’Malley, a Democrat…

  • Frostburg State hosts satellite feed of climate session

    FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Frostburg State University is inviting the public to watch a satellite feed of a national conference on climate change. Officials of the school in western Maryland say the university is one…