Op-Ed From Virginia LCV and VCN on 2015 Toxics Legislation
The 2015 Virginia General Assembly
The 2015 General Assembly is shaping up to be an exciting one. Virginia LCV staff is hard at work identifying opportunities to make the Commonwealth a leader in renewable energy and in fighting climate change, to strengthen protections for our waters and Chesapeake Bay, and to improve our transportation policies and processes. On the contrary, Virginia LCV is also identifying the threats that loom against our clean air, clean water and protected open spaces.
It is guaranteed that our opponents will be well-funded and out in full force this session. With opportunities of historical magnitude, your contribution to fight for conservation victories has never been more important.
An Evening With the Attorney General
Virginia League of Conservation Voters’ Board of Directors, together with former board member Michael O’Connor, hosted a reception on Thursday, December 11th featuring Attorney General Mark Herring. All enjoyed an evening of fine wine and fine food at Palio Ristorante in Leesburg, as Attorney General Herring provided updates on the progress made on conservation priorities during the past year and what’s ahead for our Commonwealth’s environmental protections in 2015. Guests included a number of Virginia LCV’s top supporters – if you are interested in joining this esteemed group who value Virginia LCV’s impact on the politics of conservation, please call Development Director Kelly Tsow.
Virginia LCV News – Our Fall Newsletter
The Fall edition of the Virginia League News recently hit mailboxes across the state: take a look at our most recent newsletter here.
Top stories include Virginia LCV – Shaping Conservation in Our Commonwealth, which outlines the work that Virginia LCV is doing on top priorities, such as fracking on Virginia’s coastal plain and our state’s climate change initiatives. You will not want to miss Meet Two Conservation Voters, about Mercedes Schaum and Jason Alley, two Virginia restauranteurs who make conservation a top priority. Learn also how Virginia LCV was honored with national LCV’s top state league award.
Virginia LCV News keeps you up-to-date on conservation priorities in our Commonwealth – become a member today and be the first to receive the latest Virginia LCV news.
Virginia League Releases
2014 Conservation Scorecard
The Virginia League of Conservation Voters released its 15th Edition of the Virginia General Assembly Conservation Scorecard, which serves as the tool for viewing legislators’ voting records on important conservation issues that came before the 2014 General Assembly session.
The Virginia League’s Scorecard is the only instrument among Virginia’s conservation community that provides accountability and transparency on votes cast during the General Assembly session. Additionally, the Scorecard maintains a running cumulative score to show legislators’ improvement or decline throughout their tenure in the legislature. Fifty-five of the 140 state legislators received a score of 75% or greater in the 2014 Scorecard. The Virginia League is honored to recognize 23 Legislative Heroes for scoring a perfect 100% and 32 Legislative Leaders for scoring a 75-99%. All of these legislators displayed a steadfast commitment to making conservation a priority. Read our press release unveiling the 2014 Conservation Scorecard.
Attorney General Mark Herring announces his support for the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan
The Virginia League joined Attorney General Herring at historic Fort Monroe this morning to announce his legal support for the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan. On behalf of the Commonwealth, AG Herring filed an amicus brief siding with the EPA and supporting the multi-state effort to reduce pollution and restore the Chesapeake. You can read the Virginia League’s statement and the Attorney General’s brief. This is a great announcement for the Bay! Take a moment to thank Attorney General Herring.
Uranium Mining Efforts Stalled in 2014!
To all of you who wrote or called Governor McDonnell and your Delegates and State Senators – thank you! With your help and the support of local governments, businesses, and public health organizations, our elected officials in Richmond know that the risks involved with mining uranium in Virginia far outweigh any rewards. Governor-elect McAuliffe to veto uranium legislation - Reported by the Virginian-Pilot, McAuliffe said, “I don’t support uranium mining. First and foremost as governor, my job is to make sure that our communities and our citizenry are safe. I’m not comfortable with the science to the point that I can say that with uranium mining, we would be safe. I’m afraid it would get into the drinking water.” The Governor-elect went on to show his opposition to promulgating regulations saying, “Why would we be wasting our time and resources drafting regulations if we’re not going to lift the moratorium?” Uranium industry suspends efforts – Virginia Uranium also announced that it would not be backing legislation to lift the ban during the 2014 session given the strong opposition and commitment to veto any such legislation by the incoming Governor-elect. With such great news, the Virginia League is looking forward to many other great accomplishments under the new governor.
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