Water in Virginia State Government News Releases for November 8–November 14, 2014: Va. Comments on EPA Clean Power Plan (carbon emissions regulation for existing power plants); Amtrak to Roanoke; Breaks Interstate Park Master Plan; and Virginia Wildlife eStore Grants

Following are titles and short excerpts from water-related or land-use-related Virginia state government news releases between November 8 and November 14, 2014 (as of 4 p.m. on Nov. 14).  To access the full text of any release, click on the release title or (if that link doesn’t work) click on the Web address beside each agency name to go to that agency’s archive of releases.

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE – https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/

Virginia Submits Comments on EPA’s Clean Power Plan, 11/14/14. Full news release: “Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s submission of comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan: ‘I agree with the Clean Power Plan’s goal of reducing carbon emissions in order to combat the threat of global warming, and I intend to continue Virginia’s position as a leader on this important issue. There is no question that our Commonwealth can play a leading role in energy conservation and efficiency and expand renewable generation so that we can cut carbon and create jobs along the way. As with any regulatory process of this scope and complexity, Virginia has submitted comments to the EPA with the intent of improving the Clean Power Plan by making it more equitable and better recognizing the progress that states like ours have already made in reducing carbon.  I look forward to working with Virginia’s business community, our environmental partners and the EPA to reduce carbon emissions, fight global warming and open a new chapter of economic growth for our Commonwealth.’” The Commonwealth’s comments on the Clean Power Plan are available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/Planning/vacommentstoepa.pdf (dated 11/14/14; 16 pages).

Construction Begins for Amtrak Service to Roanoke; Northeast Regional service expanding in Virginia, 11/12/14.  Excerpt: “…Amtrak, Norfolk Southern and the City of Roanoke are beginning the first phase of construction for the platform that will serve intercity passenger rail service to the Star City. Amtrak service to the city will be an extension of the successful Northeast Regional train from Lynchburg and is anticipated to start in 2017.  The service will provide a same-seat trip from Roanoke to Lynchburg, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and cities as far north as Boston. … It has been 34 years since intercity passenger rail service has served Roanoke.”

DEPT. OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION – http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/pr_relz.shtml#prarch

Breaks Interstate Park master plan to be discussed Dec. 8, 11/13/14.  Excerpt: “A public meeting to discuss the long-range plan for Breaks Interstate Park along the Virginia-Kentucky border will be Dec. 8, 2014, at 6 p.m., in the Breaks Conference Center, 627 Commission Circle, Breaks, Virginia.  Staff with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will provide an overview of proposed updates to the park’s master plan. … The 4,800-acre park is off State Route 80 on the Virginia-Kentucky line.  The park is jointly supported by Virginia’s DCR and the Kentucky Tourism, Parks and Heritage Cabinet. … For more information about master plans, visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/masterplans.shtml.

DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY – http://www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/NewsReleases.aspx
None during this period.

DEPT. OF FORESTRY – http://www.dof.virginia.gov/news/releases/index.htm
None during this period.

DEPT. OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES – http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/news/

Virginia Wildlife eStore Grants Awarded, 11/13/14. Excerpt: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia (WFV) have announced awards in the Virginia Wildlife eStore Grant Program. The grants will directly fund youth outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and educational events designed to promote recruitment and retention of youth hunters, anglers, and to foster wildlife and outdoor-related activities. … Grants ranging from $500 to $3,400 have been awarded to a dozen entities, ranging from schools to community organizations. The total funding for all the grants combined is $20,000. The funding will provide everything from life jackets and fishing rods, to hunting, shooting, and other outdoor educational opportunities.”

DEPT. OF HEALTHhttp://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/PressReleases/2014/index.htm
None during this period.

MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION – http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/whatsnew.shtm
None during this period.

DEPT. OF MINES, MINERALS AND ENERGY – http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DMME/Newsroom.shtml
None during this period.

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