The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has published toxic release figures for 2015, the most recent assessment available, and the numbers are encouraging.
John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.
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Construction of a half mile extension of Atlee Station Road in Hanover County began this month. The $20 million project will connect Atlee Road to Atlee Station Road near Warren Avenue.
Mike Flagg is Hanover’s Director of Public Works. He said, “It’ll provide grade separation of the railway, Cool Springs Road will tie in and there will no longer be safety concerns at the railway there. It’ll also add a lot new through capacity for traffic as traffic counts on Atlee Station Road continue to rise from the local development.”
Each year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute publish a national County Health Rankings and Road Map.
Julie Willems Van Dijk, Director of the program, explained of the counties in the Richmond region, “Most of them are in the top third Goochland is 14th out of the 133 counties and independent cities. Hanover is 19th.”
Chesterfield ranks 25th, Henrico ranked 34th.
Cities in the region don’t fare as well. “Richmond was 109th, Hopewell was 123rd, and the City of Petersburg was 132nd,” said Van Dijk.
Wells Fargo has become the first bank in the country to offer a card-free option at all of its ATMs and its available across the Richmond region.
Wells Fargo’s Kristy Marshall said it’s really simple, “As long as you have our app you can go in and request an 8 digit code. You simply type in that code when you get to the ATM. Then, you’re asked to enter your regular ATM pin code and then you can proceed to the main menu and perform your transactions as normal.” No need to write down the 8 digit code.
The Robert Bobb Group last night (3/27) presented a $77 million proposed 2018 fiscal budget for the City of Petersburg.
Interim Finance Director Nelsie Birch explained that a 10% pay cut imposed on city employees last year is restored and city government is completely restructured and having a clear delineation of responsibilities and being able to hold people responsible for their roles and the functions they perform is vitally important to the success of the future of the City of Petersburg.
The City of Petersburg’s contract with the Robert Bobb Group has been extended for an additional five months.
A balanced 2018 budget will be presented tonight (3/27) at 6:30 p.m. at the Petersburg Courthouse. Bobb said the most significant changes made so far concern putting sound policies, practices, and procedures in place particularly in the finance department.
U.S. District Judge John Gibney, Jr. has ruled that arsenic in the Elizabeth River is leaking from coal ash ponds at Dominion’s now closed Chesapeake Energy Center violating the Clean Water Act. He did not, however, impose a penalty directing both parties to suggest a remedial plan.
The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit to force Dominion to excavate and remove coal ash to a lined landfill. The Southern Environmental Law Center, represented the Sierra Club and Attorney Deborah Murray said," they’re pleased that the court agreed the law was broken,
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proposed amendments to a Senate bill calling for a suspension of the permitting process for closing Dominion Energy’s coal ash ponds for an additional assessment of the impact on water quality and the environment.
Dominion’s Rob Richardson said, “The company’s plans for closing the ponds continue to evolve. Dominion is beginning a feasibility study right away. We have been consistent in saying that he will work to develop closure plans that are specifically designed for each site that are protective of the environment and fully compliant.”
Late yesterday (3/21), the Petersburg Preservation Task Force was inspecting the historic city’s Siege Museum in the Exchange Building on Bank Street, preparing to take over operation of it. They found a number of cannon balls stored in the basement. Three of them caused concern.
City spokesman Clay Hamner said, “Petersburg Police alerted the state police bomb squad. They alerted the Army. Determined that they were most likely live and then decided to call in the EOD which is the Explosive Ordnance Division.”
Efforts continue to develop a trail system along the lower Appomattox River that will run through six municipalities.
The Appomattox River Trail Master Plan has been developed over the past year. Wendy Austin, Executive Director of Friends of the Lower Appomattox River said they gathered local input and worked with design consultants to put it together.
"Put together in two parts. Part I is a trail system and Part 2 is a signage system that coordinates with the trail ..that’s something unique about this plan."