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West Virginia Raw Milk: Making the Legal Illegal

What do you do if you oppose any raw milk distribution and your state legislature passes a law legalizing herd shares (arrangements where someone who purchases an ownership interest in dairy animals can obtain raw milk from the animals)? If you are the West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), you issue regulations governing herd shares that are so costly and time consuming that no one can afford to comply with them. With a big push from DHHR, that’s what Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick did on June 27 when he issued emergency regulations governing shareholder dairies. For DHHR, the emergency is that someone may actually take advantage of the new law and start up a herd share operation.


Federal coal ash case ends; judge to rule later


SELC, Sierra Club sought to hold Dominion responsible for river pollution

The first federal trial focusing on a utility’s toxic coal ash leaks as a violation of the Clean Water Act ended Friday after four days of testimony from experts who explained how arsenic-tainted groundwater travels from ash pits into the Elizabeth River and nearby waters, and what must be done to stop the pollution.


National Conference Aims to Graduate 10,000 Black Engineers Annually

Leaders of the National Society of Black Engineers to Convene at University of Michigan, June 9–12

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will host its annual National Leadership Conference (NLC) on June 9–12, 2016. Approximately 200 black engineering students and professionals from across the country will convene for the event, which will be held at the College of Engineering on the campus of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. This year marks the third consecutive NLC at the college, continuing a partnership that was forged between NSBE and the university. NSBE, with more than 31,000 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States.


The City's First New High School in 50 Years Earns LEED Gold

Huguenot High School in Richmond, VA earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)Huguenot High School in Richmond, VA earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Opened in 2015, the 250,000-square-foot building replaced the existing school, which had been in operation for almost 50 years.


Dominion, James River Association Agree to Wastewater Discharge Plan at Bremo Power Station

Dominion Virginia Power and the James River Association, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), have reached a settlement agreement on discharges of treated water from coal ash ponds at the company's Bremo Power Station in Fluvanna County.  Those discharges are regulated by a permit issued in January by the State Water Control Board and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, requiring Dominion to build and operate a wastewater treatment system at the facility.


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