In November 2008, the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission voted to move forward on a wide ranging on the potential impact of uranium mining in Virginia. Earlier last year, during the 2008 Virginia legislative session, the House Rules Committee killed an attempt to fund a related study. These efforts are widely viewed as initial steps towards lifting a ban on uranium mining in Virginia that has been in effect since 1982, after uranium was discovered in an area used for cattle, hay and timber.
The November elections were a flood of successes for clean water across the country, and the Chesapeake region had its share of victories.
Annapolis lawmakers are focusing on a budget crisis in this year's legislative session, and the state's fiscal woes emerge as a theme in addressing this year's priorities:
Jack Markell was sworn in as Delaware's new Governor in January, 2009, and immediately has an opportunity to make it clear that he is a clean water advocate by opposing the proposed deepening of main channel of the Delaware River. On December 30, 2008, Clean Water Action and others in the Alliance to Dump the Delaware Deepening sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers outlining many of the reasons for opposition, including flaws in the decisionmaking process, dangers to wildlife, and adverse effects on Broadkill Beach and Delaware's coastline.
In October of 1972, Clean Water Action was there when a bipartisan congressional majority overrode a presidential veto and passed the Clean Water Act into federal law. We were there in the 1990's when Rep. Newt Gingrich led an effort to replace the Clean Water Act with what we described as the "Dirty Water Act." And when the Bush administration initiated efforts to dismantle the Clean Water Act in 2001, we mobilized a national grassroots effort that halted their efforts.