Parasites Hijack Sexual Function of Crabs
Website Predicts Flooding From Sea-Level Rise

Newspaper: Virginia's AG Sided With Polluters Over Citizens

Coal plantThe (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot this week delivered a scolding to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for accepting more than $440,000 in contributions from power companies and coal mining interests -– while also fighting federal restrictions on pollution from out-of-state coal fired plants that would help the health of Virginians.

“If the EPA regulations were in place, Virginia would have been the beneficiary of pollution reductions to our west while being required to do little to reduce our own pollution,” the newspaper editorialized. “Despite that, Cuccinelli interceded in the case on the side of the states that pollute Virginia's air, and on behalf of the big utilities.”

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to strike down the Obama Administration’s regulations for power plant air pollution that crosses state boundaries was a blow to efforts to meet new EPA pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay. As much of as a third of the nitrogen pollution in the estuary comes from air pollution.

Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the other Chesapeake region states have all issued plans to meet these federal pollution limits that are like blueprints for saving the Bay.  With more nitrogen oxide air pollution pouring in from the Midwest, these state blueprints face a larger challenge.

“Virginia and other East Coast states are the biggest victims,” of the court decision to nix the federal air regulations, the Virginian Pilot wrote. “They have to live with the pollution ... generated by inland coal-fired power plants.”

To read the entire editorial, click here.

By Tom Pelton

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)