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9 out of 10 Virginians Live in Areas Hit by Recent Weather Disasters

Richmond, Virginia—After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment Virginia report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report found that, already, 9 out of 10 Virginians live in counties affected by federally declared weather-related disasters since 2006.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Clean Cars Would Cut Oil Use, Save Virginians Over $6 Million on Thanksgiving Travel

Richmond, VA — As Virginians prepare for one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and just days after the Obama administration proposed new fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, a new Environment Virginia report finds that more fuel efficient cars would make significant cuts in oil use and save Virginians roughly $6.6 million at the gas pump this Thanksgiving alone. The report was released following the Obama administration’s November 16th announcement of proposed new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and light trucks sold from 2017 through 2025.

News Release | Environment Virginia

New Report: Richmond Area Among Most Polluted in Nation, State

Richmond, Virginia –The Richmond area is among the smoggiest cities in the country and the second most polluted of the Commonwealth, according to a new Environment Virginia report released today.  The report, Danger in the Air: Unhealthy Air Days in 2010 and 2011, shows that in total, residents in the Richmond area were exposed to air quality that made it dangerous to breathe on 10 days last year, ranking it 17th in the country among mid-sized metropolitan areas. The report comes just as some members of Congress, led by Representative Eric Cantor, are pushing a bill to roll back existing limits on smog pollution from power plants.