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2010-08-08 20:20:00

On July 6 this summer, Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality issued the region's first "unhealthy" air alert since 2008.The culprit? "Bad" ozone and other air pollution that had combined to produce an abnormally high reading of 119 parts per billion in Suffolk and 70-80 parts per billion in other parts of southeastern Virginia. That compares to the natural concentration of ozone of about 10 parts per billion that was the norm more than a century ago.Ozone spikes are part of a pattern...

2008-10-04 03:00:10

One conclusion is clear in this year's drought-intensified dispute over water releases at Smith Mountain Lake: Appalachian Power Co. is right to look for a more flexible formula that can take into account historical trends and current conditions. The plan that Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality put forward this week would meet that end. What it does not resolve is whether lake dwellers and the people who live downstream will see the proposal as a fair solution to their...


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