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2008-10-11 03:00:11

By Moy, Chelsi BONNER - Residents voiced strong support Wednesday night for removing tainted sediment from a cooling pond on the Stimson Lumber Co. mill site near the Blackfoot River and urged for a quick cleanup so as not to interfere with the marketing of the industrial spot to new companies. "My concern is creating jobs in this community," said Scott Cooney, a Missoula resident who bought and plans to develop the old lumberyard across the river from the mill site. "Are we going to have...

2008-10-04 00:00:13

By Jeremy Duda A group of South Phoenix lawmakers hoping to change part of an environmental-damage settlement between the state and Honeywell may not find a receptive ear if they take their concerns to the Governor's Office. Gov. Janet Napolitano threw her support behind a provision in the settlement that called for Honeywell to put $1 million into the Western Climate Initiative, a collaborative effort between 11 Western U.S. states and Canadian provinces. The money that Honeywell gives...

2008-09-25 03:00:18

PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment on a draft permit from the Department of Environmental Quality that will allow the release of treated wastewater and storm water into a water body in Bedford County, Virginia. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: September 17, 2008 to 4:30 p.m. on October 17, 2008 PERMIT NAME: Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Wastewater and storm water issued by DEQ, under the authority of the State Water Control Board APPLICANT NAME, ADDRESS AND PERMIT...

2008-09-18 03:00:12

PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment on a draft permit from the Department of Environmental Quality that will allow the release of treated wastewater and storm water into a water body in Bedford County, Virginia. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: September 17, 2008 to 4:30 p.m. on October 17, 2008 PERMIT NAME: Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Wastewater and storm water issued by DEQ, under the authority of the State Water Control Board APPLICANT NAME, ADDRESS AND PERMIT...

2008-09-05 03:00:12

By Courtney Cutright courtney.cutright@roanoke.com 981-3345 Stakeholders on both sides of a contentious water-flow issue involving Smith Mountain Lake will meet at the table once more -- this time at an invitation-only meeting that's closed to the public and the media. The meeting, slated for Friday in Charlotte Courthouse, will give upstream and downstream interests another chance to negotiate the terms of a water-release protocol being proposed by Appalachian Power Co. as part of its...

2008-08-27 15:00:43

By PATRICK KANE HOPEWELL -- The new kid on the block just passed her physical. Osage Bio Energy's proposed ethanol plant is within pollution limits and will receive a state permit this week, the Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday. "I can't wait for the new jobs to become available. The economic development aspect of that plant opening can open many doors for us," Mayor Brenda Pelham said when informed of the decision. It will be the first such plant in the state, making...

2008-08-12 06:00:33

By David Bernard Thank you for the strong editorial denouncing the bad science and crooked politics behind the Giles County coal waste dump, ("A superfund site in the making?" July 25). Shortly after the Giles site began accepting coal waste in March, inflow of an aquifer exposed by the project's excavation forced dumping to cease. The planning had failed to reveal basic water movement through the site. This aquifer passes under U.S. 460. The project engineers studied a solution. A...

2008-08-07 03:00:27

A new testing method is giving the Department of Environmental Quality a better grasp on PCB contamination in the Staunton River. The method is significantly more sensitive than those currently used for state tests, said Mike Shaver, regional biologist. "One of the reasons that we've identified some of these new sources or found the source was we got a much lower detection limit," Shaver said. Water tests from the past two years found three significant sources of PCBs to the Staunton that...

2008-07-31 03:00:00

By Luz Lazo, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jul. 31--The state Department of Environmental Quality is close to making a decision on an air-permit application that would allow construction of an ethanol plant in Hopewell. A decision could be made within the next two weeks after the agency conducts pollutant modeling to determine the effect that Osage Bio Energy LLC's ethanol plant could have on Hopewell's environment. The DEQ permit is the one missing requisite for the company to start...

2008-07-30 12:00:00

By Rocky Barker, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 30--The day of reckoning has come for air pollution in the Treasure Valley. Levels of ozone, the colorless gas that causes lung and heart damage and is the main ingredient of smog, crossed a key threshold Friday -- all but guaranteeing the state will have to take painful new actions to reduce air pollution in the coming years. State officials have used voluntary measures to encourage less driving, lawn mowing and other activities that...


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