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GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) - President Trump's budget proposal would slash funding by 25 percent at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Associate Dean Mark Luckenbach says the impact would be felt throughout the Tidewater region.

For instance, VIMS gives guidance to communities trying to comply with Chesapeake Bay pollution standards. It also provides significant support to the growing oyster industry, including its breeding program.

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President Trump’s federal budget would eliminate cleanup funds for the Chesapeake Bay.

The fund had been at $73 million

And last year Virginia and Maryland along with local governments got $9 million each from the program.

Said one environmental group without the money there is no cleanup.

The states in the Chesapeake Bay region and the District of Columbia use the money to upgrade sewer facilities and limit runoff from agriculture.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has approved Gov. John Carney's nominee to lead Delaware's environmental agency, more than a month after a vote was postponed amid Republican opposition.

Shawn Garvin, a former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency was confirmed on a 14-to-5 vote Wednesday to lead Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

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A proposed budget by the Trump administration would slash funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration by 93 percent. But environmentalists a confident that the proposal by the Office of Management and Budget will not stand. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Kim Coble, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, about the the push back against such a spending cut. 

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Senator Ben Cardin blasted the Trump administration on a broad range of foreign policy issues.

They ranged from a failure to take a tough stand on Russia and building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border to trying to impose a travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries.

The Maryland Democrat made his remarks during an appearance at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy on the eve of the President’s address to a joint session of congress tonight.

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Senator Ben Cardin says he will oppose the nomination of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Maryland Democrat says that he is concerned about whether Pruitt truly believes in the EPA’s mission to protect the public health and environment.

Cardin said he does not understand why Pruitt would want to head the agency after repeatedly suing and criticizing it.

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Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons denounced President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees in fiercely worded statements.

Carper, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, questioned Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Delaware Democrat noted that as Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt eliminated the environmental protection unit and raised millions of dollar from the fossil fuel industry.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen says he will vote against three of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations.

The Maryland Democrat says he will oppose Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General saying that he is trouble by his record on voting rights and the rights of women, minorities and the LGBT community.

He also said he did not believe that Sessions would provide an independent check on Trump’s push to bar Muslims from coming into the country.

Maryland’s Junior Senator said he opposed Chris Pruitt to head up the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Maryland's First Congressional District will see incumbent Republican Andy Harris seek a fourth term in this year's election after being swept into office during the Tea Party wave of 2010. His rival is Harford County Democrat Joe Werner who won a surprising victory over former Salisbury Mayor and now council member Jim Ireton. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the congressman to talk about the issues and the possibility that Washington could once again see divided government.

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The Environmental Working Group has been raising questions about the levels of the possible cancer causing chemical Chromium 6 in the nation’s drinking water.

In Salisbury the chemical which is used in industries ranging from paint to plastic is listed among those found in the city’s drinking water.

WBOC reports that local officials were quick to downplay any health significance to the finding.            

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GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report on the health of coastal wetlands in the nation, with the five-year effort revealing that wetlands in the coastal plains region, which includes Virginia, are slightly healthier than the nation overall.

The Daily Press reports that the EPA's survey shows that 50 percent of all wetland types in the region were in good health, 21 percent were in fair condition and 29 percent were in poor condition.

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Terminix will be paying $10 million to a Delaware family who was sickened while on vacation in the Virgin Islands last year.

The U.S. Justice Department says the company has conceded that a pesticide was used at the St. John resort where the family was staying.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the pesticide is odorless and can severely injure the nervous and respiratory systems.

The paper says the particular pesticide has been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in doors since the mid 1980’s.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has turned back a challenge by the American Farm Bureau Federation and others to the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

The Farm Bureau claimed that the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority in efforts to clean up the Bay and its tributaries.

The high court’s decision let’s stand lower court panel’s ruling that the EPA did not exceed it authority.  

The Farm Bureau and the National Association of Homebuilders among others had argued that the Blueprint trampled on state authority in setting clean up goals for the Bay.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than $3 million in Chesapeake Bay conservation grants are headed to Virginia.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and an Environmental Protection Agency official overseeing the bay's restoration are scheduled to formally announce the funding Tuesday at a news conference in Richmond.

The announcement will be made at Maymont, a scenic Richmond attraction overlooking the James River. A conservation grant totaling $200,000 is going to the Maymont Children's Farm to reduce stormwater.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia and West Virginia each are receiving $1 million in federal funding for their roles in restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Education is intended to help farmland owners plant trees along rivers and streams to reduce runoff into waters that feed the bay.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with 16 companies for cleaning up the Central Chemical Superfund site in Hagerstown.

The EPA said in a news release Monday that the agency and the state of Maryland have reached agreement with the companies for more than $14.3 million contain contaminated soils and waste on site of the Central Chemical Corp. facility.

The companies will reimburse EPA $945,000 for past costs and additional funds for future costs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State Republican lawmakers say they want oversight of how Virginia implements a federal plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Republicans said Monday they will introduce legislation in the 2016 legislative session requiring General Assembly approval of a state plan to abide by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environment Control says 40 pounds of sulfur dioxide has been released into the air from the Delaware City Refinery.
 
The department says the release happened at the plant in Delaware City early Monday. Officials told area residents on Tuesday.
 
Officials say that the substance is considered hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
The release of the chemical is under investigation.

     
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is still reviewing the impact of President Barack Obama's plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, but Maryland Democrats already are praising the plan.

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles, of Hogan's administration, says it takes time to review the fine print of 3,000 pages. He says the good news is Maryland is well-positioned to be a leader among states on its own terms and through regional collaboration.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Regional leaders and federal officials are getting together to talk about cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday's annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council, chaired by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, will include an announcement of how officials plan to meet the goals of a federal-led bay cleanup agreement that was signed last year.

The agreement establishes pollution limits in the nation's largest estuary and sets goals for the bay to be fully restored by 2025

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Allen Harim’s plans for a chicken processing plant in the Millsboro area just got a step closer.

The poultry company beat back a court challenge this month by a group of residents trying to overturn the decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustments.

The arguments revolved around technical issues including whether the company had standing in applying for an exception it received from the board and whether there was sufficient public notice.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A U.S. appeals court has upheld a federal plan limiting pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers who accuse the Environmental Protection Agency of abusing its power.

The ruling Monday upholds restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment and is a clear win for environmentalists.

Six states have agreed to the pollution limits: Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, along with Washington, D.C.,

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Environmentalists are criticizing an official from Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration for supporting federal legislation they say will hurt efforts to curb pollution from coal ash, a coal combustion byproduct.

Several environmental groups said they were upset that a McAuliffe administration official testified Wednesday before a U.S. House subcommittee in favor of a bill backed by electric utilities. Republican U.S. Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia is the bill's sponsor.

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DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) - Officials at Dover Air Force Base say chemical compounds used in firefighting foam have been found at four sites on base, but not in drinking water supply wells.

Officials said Monday that an investigation detected perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, in shallow groundwater and some surface drainage ditches in levels above Environmental Protection Agency recommended limits. They noted that the base obtains drinking water from a deep confined groundwater aquifer that is isolated from the aquifer where the contaminants were found.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a federal grant aimed at helping Delaware reduce air emissions from diesel engines.

Gov. Jack Markell will join all three members of Delaware's congressional delegation in Lewes on Monday to announce the $975,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials say the Delaware River and Bay Authority will use the money to upgrade the Cape May-Lewes Ferry with low-emission marine propulsion engines in order to reduce toxic air emissions.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several groups are set to rally at the State Capitol in Richmond in support of federal proposals for clean power.

The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club says faith-based, public health, student and environmental groups are gathering on Wednesday.

The environmental organization says the groups are demanding action to dramatically scale up clean energy in Virginia.

The rally is scheduled to take place on the heels of a joint meeting of the Virginia House and Senate Commerce and Labor Committees on the Clean Power Plan.

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ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials are heading to Ashland to announce nearly $9 million in grants from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.

The funding being announced Tuesday for Virginia, West Virginia and other states within the bay's estuary are intended to reduce polluted nutrient and sediment runoff into the bay. The District of Columbia is also within the bay's watershed.

The grants will be announced by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has joined the hunt for the source of toxic contamination that has forced the shutdowns of two New Castle area public water supplies.

Efforts are now targeting the area around New Castle Airport.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state officials say aircraft fire-fighting foams that were used for training at the Delaware Air National Guard complex could be the source of the pollution.

But, so far, they added, the connection with the pollution is still unconfirmed.

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The public interest group Environmental Integrity Project issued two new reports questioning how much progress has actually been made in the cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and whether "best management practices" efforts are working as well as intended. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Abel Russ, an attorney with EIP.

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The Environmental Protection Agency says that Delaware failed to meet its own targets for reducing pollution from nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment through last year.

That stands in contrast to Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia which reached all three goals.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued its own report earlier this month that came to the same conclusion.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that nonetheless every jurisdiction fell short in carrying out some of the regulations and monitoring efforts.

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