Environment

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It's been 50 years since Perdue Farms went into the Branded chicken business. During a celebration at the company's plant in Salisbury, chairman of the board Jim Perdue talked with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about the changes he has seen since those first chickens came off the line.

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Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has caught the headlines of personal scandal. But, for environmentalists it's the impact of the administration's policies that has them concerned. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation about the sharp turn the Trump administration has taken from its predecessor.

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A program that helps communities in Delaware support gardens, parks, trails and other environmentally oriented projects is running low on funds.

The Community Environmental Project Fund which once boasted $2.2 million on hand has found itself down to just over $21-thousand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this is the result of decreasing revenues from fines and a $100-thousand accounting error.

Originally the agency believed it had $130-thousand dollars before discovering the clerical problem.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Environmental activists, business groups and a retired U.S. Navy admiral in Virginia have blasted the Trump Administration's offshore drilling plan.

The critics claimed outside a public comment session Wednesday that drilling would interfere with military training near the world's largest Navy base and imperil tourism and fishing along that stretch of Atlantic coast.

The group converged near a hotel conference room in Richmond where the administration sought public comment on its plan to expand oil and gas drilling on the East and West coasts.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has filed to run for a second term.

Frosh, a Democrat from Montgomery County, announced his re-election bid Thursday.

Frosh has occasionally clashed with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Last year, after Donald Trump's election, the Democrat-controlled Maryland legislature gave Frosh expanded authority to sue the federal government without the governor's permission.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- The companies developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have agreed to spend nearly $58 million to help offset its environmental impact in Virginia.

A memorandum of agreement outlining the payments was signed several weeks ago by then-natural resources secretary Molly Ward and Leslie Hartz, an executive with lead pipeline developer Dominion Energy.

The agreement says the money is to mitigate forest fragmentation and related impacts on water quality from construction of the 600-mile-long pipeline.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An international research team including Chesapeake Bay-focused scientists says the "dead zones" that have long plagued the bay have developed and worsened across the globe.

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The Delaware Audubon Society will not be showing up for the public workshops this Wednesday and Thursday on legislation that opens up certain coastal areas to heavy industry.

The boycott by the environmental group comes after a bitter fight over revisions to the 1971 Coastal Zone Act that is aimed at keeping heavy industry at bay.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a group of environmental and civic groups refused invitations to confidential interviews because the comments were being taken behind closed doors.

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An oyster restoration project in the Little Choptank River is being cut back by about one fourth or a 118 acres of the original goal.

It will mean a reduction of around 19.5 million oysters which would filter over 1 billion liters of water per day.

The decision comes after boats ran aground on another oyster sanctuary and the rebuilding of some of the man-made reefs.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the environmentalists have hailed these projects which are part of a federal-state agreement for restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel formed to study the potential environmental and economic development benefits to Delaware from offshore wind energy development is getting down to work.

A key issue for the group, meeting for the first time on Friday, is the costs and benefits for electric utility customers in Delaware.

The working group is chaired by Bruce Burcat, a former Public Service Commission official who currently serves as executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition.

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