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2008-10-10 09:00:30

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot tangier island Out here in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, the wind can pound any landlubber into submission. And that fact, scientists say, is what makes Tangier Island such an attractive place for a wind- energy project. State researchers want to erect one or two wind turbines at the gusty southern edge of the island as a pilot project for this new, alternative energy source in Virginia. But scientists do not want to stop...

2008-10-10 09:00:30

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot tangier island Dan Dise steered his skiff past empty crab shacks that line Tangier Harbor, the gateway to this historic fishing outpost in the Chesapeake Bay. "For Rent" and "For Sale" signs were taped to many of the dusty windows. "That guy's on the tug," said Dise, president of the Tangier Island Watermen's Association, pointing to a lifeless shanty. "And that guy, too." He paused, then noticed another vacant business along the...

2008-10-09 09:00:26

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot portsmouth The Coast Guard must pay a $9,280 fine and spend another $89,000 on new equipment to settle long-standing environmental violations, most involving lax handling of hazardous wastes, at a Portsmouth command center. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement Wednesday. T he case dates to 2005, when inspectors first found problems at the Coast Guard's Integrated Support Command in Portsmouth. The...

2008-10-03 09:00:17

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot oyster There is little visible evidence that two neighboring landfills near this Eastern Shore harbor town are leaking toxic materials into a local creek. On any given day, workers can be seen dumping garbage into the Northampton County landfill and then covering the trash with dirt as seagulls squawk overhead. Unseen, though, are groundwater monitors that in recent years have detected excessive amounts of benzene and naphthalene...

2008-09-28 12:00:21

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot norfolk A wetlands dispute between federal regulators and the developers of Edinburgh, a community in southern Chesapeake, has resurfaced and appears headed back to U.S. District Court in Norfolk. Edinburgh was the subject of contention in 2002 that resulted in a $500,000 state fine for destruction of nontidal wetlands and a legal compromise that allowed some homes and shops to be built. Several of those homes were featured in...

2008-09-19 09:00:20

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot virginia beach A new environmental group officially launched itself here Thursday with a difficult mission and a very un-environmental name: the Crystal Club. The group - its membership today is basically three guys - hopes to spread a green ethic in a wealthy old North End neighborhood and restore Crystal Lake to a marsh-lined, oyster-rich ecosystem off the Lynnhaven River. The initiative will begin where most things do on...

2008-09-17 09:00:31

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot Citing high levels of mercury, state health officials advised people not to eat too much fish from sections of the Nottoway and Meherrin rivers that run through the rural, western reaches of Hampton Roads. At the same time, the Virginia Health Department announced new and expanded fish-consumption advisories for several other rivers in the western part of the state, also because of high mercury counts found in tissue samples....

2008-09-16 09:00:33

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot The Savannah has captivated imaginations since its launch in 1959 as the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger ship. When former first lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the sle ek giant that summer with the whack of a champagne bottle, the ship became a symbol of her husband's "Atoms for Peace" program promising a new and cleaner maritime industry. But the behemoth also came to represent lost idealism, as it sat empty...

2008-09-16 09:00:28

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot portsmouth Backed by four local mayors and dozens of state and federal officials, an environmental group rolled out plans Monday to make the Elizabeth River clean enough for swimming, fishing and harvesting shellfish by 2020. Given the immense problems facing the Elizabeth - industrial pollution, toxic sediments, cancerous fish, to name a few - the plan was called historic, ambitious, and one of the biggest ecological goals ever...

2008-09-04 09:00:22

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot gloucester point Scientists, watermen and environmentalists urged passage Wednesday of a bill from U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Virginia Republican, intended to more closely monitor the spending and priorities of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. The bill, expected to be considered when Congress reconvenes later this month, would require the Office of Management and Budget to determine how much federal money is being spent on the cleanup...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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