In 2010, after a dogged campaign from Environment Virginia and allies across the state, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a strong new plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Yet a few polluting industries, including giant chicken farms like Tyson, have launched an all-out attack. Your support can help us keep the Bay’s most persistent polluters from standing in the way of progress.
Driving the climate change message home
We’ve helped educate thousands of people across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that a majority of Virginians live in counties that experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events
New limits on carbon pollution
In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit – an important victory for the countless Virginians who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.
We’re restoring Clean Water Act protections.
More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.