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2008-12-10 13:15:00

Super-Clean Natural Gas Facility Could Break Ground in First Half of 2009 SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Charles County, Maryland, and Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) today announced completion of a development agreement for the CPV St. Charles power plant, a key step needed to begin construction of a new 640 megawatt facility in the county. As part of the agreement, which was signed today by CPV and Charles County commissioners, CPV has agreed to buy and use...

2008-09-16 03:00:16

By Bystrom, Andy The wooden oars sliced through the Rappahannock's smooth surface as we traveled, dripping sweat, at the slowest of clips past unbroken stretches of wooded shoreline. Shades of green emerged from the haze as we drew near. With no breeze to set the sails to, we faced a long, slow journey. I was among 12 men and women who set out from Jamestown, Virginia, in spring 2007 in a 28-foot open boat on a 120-day, 1,500-mile expedition along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National...

2008-09-15 12:00:17

To: OUTDOORS EDITORS Contact: Leah Elwell of The Federation of Fly Fishers, +1-406- 222-9369 ext. 102, conserve@fedflyfishers.org LIVINGSTON, Mont., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) has placed the Potomac River on its 2008 Endangered Fisheries List because pollution and sewage from industry, agriculture and wastewater treatment has resulted in re-occurring fish kills, sightings of fish with lesions and the occurrence of intersex (altered sexual development)....

2008-09-03 18:00:16

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Kathryn Schiller of Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, +1-703-525-0770, kschiller[at]potomacinstitute[dot]org ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/--On September 9, 2008, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies will convene a half- day forum to identify key issues on natural resources for the next administration, at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park. Senators McCain and Obama have both acknowledged the importance of...

2008-08-02 15:00:21

Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company (TrAILCo), a subsidiary of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (NYSE: AYE), announced today that the Public Service Commission of West Virginia issued an order late yesterday approving construction of its 500-kilovolt transmission line project in West Virginia subject to certain conditions. "After a thorough, extensive public process, the Commission has authorized this critical upgrade to the transmission system," said Paul J. Evanson, Chairman, President, and...

2008-07-22 00:00:35

Allegheny Energy Inc.'s Potomac Edison Co. power distribution unit must provide more information to Virginia regulators so new electric rates can be set for 2008 and 2009. In a recent decision, the Virginia State Corporation Commission told Potomac that it requires additional evidence and legal arguments. Earlier this year, the commission granted Potomac a $73 million interim rate increase for its 100,000 Virginia customers for the 12-month period beginning July 1. Potomac provides...

2008-07-18 18:00:37

Allegheny Energy, Inc. (NYSE: AYE) today announced that the Virginia State Corporation Commission has issued an order regarding recovery of purchased power costs for Potomac Edison, an Allegheny subsidiary. In today's order, the Commission: -- Found that the ratemaking provisions of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), entered into by Allegheny and approved by the Commission, expire on December 31, 2008; -- Stated that it requires additional evidence and legal argument to set...

2008-07-01 03:00:20

By LAWRENCE LATANE III The new federal farm bill promises a bumper crop of subsidies for farmers in Virginia and five other states to keep water pollution out of the Chesapeake Bay. The legislation contains $188 million in new conservation spending specifically targeted to the region on top of enhancements to existing programs to stop soil erosion, contain animal manure, and reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, among other goals. "That's pretty darn good," said Jack E. Frye, director...

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2008-02-08 11:20:00

Researchers have found that forms of fish containing both male and female traits appear to be more prevalent in areas with more farming and population density, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.Although the cause is unknown, researchers assume that wastewater runoff of polluted chemicals is stimulating estrogen production in the intersex fish. Instances of the abnormality have been recorded over the past decade in areas including the southern Great Lakes, the Potomac...

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2008-02-08 00:20:00

For several years, scientists have been working to determine why so many male smallmouth bass in the Potomac River basin have immature female egg cells in their testes - a form of intersex. They are closer to finding an answer. Research by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows that a high incidence of intersex occurs in the Potomac watershed at sites where farming is most intense and where human population density is highest. The study also shows the greatest prevalence of this form of...