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Plastic bag taxes have the potential to generate real behavior change among Virginians

From the Roanoke Times

the city of Roanoke became the first Virginia locality to institute a 5-cent tax on single-use plastic bags at grocery, convenience and drug stores. The Roanoke ordinance will go into effect on Jan. 1st. A share of the revenue will help merchants implement the tax.

This is made possible by the General Assembly passing legislation just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, giving cities and counties the option to levy the disposable bag fee. The Code of Virginia states revenue must go toward environmental cleanup efforts, waste reduction education programs, pollution and litter mitigation initiatives, or the provision of reusable bags to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) recipients.

300 million tons of plastic are generated each year across the globe and half of that volume is for single-use purposes. That’s roughly the weight of the global human population and items like bags often land in our rivers, oceans, streams and other waterways.

As of February, eight states had banned single-use grocery bags altogether, with limited allowances such as those distributed in produce, meat, deli and bulk food departments. Roanoke’s ordinance carries that same exception. 

Keystone XL Pipeline is Cancelled!

The company behind the Keystone XL pipeline announced on Wednesday June 9th that it’s officially scrapping the project after President Biden nixed a border-crossing permit for it.

From The Hill

TC Energy said that after “a comprehensive review of its options, and in consultation with its partner, the Government of Alberta, it has terminated the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.”

Biden argued that the proposed oil pipeline “disserves” the U.S. national interest and that “leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.”

 

News You May Have Missed

 

Recent post-ACP-cancellation news articles of interest. More detailed information on our In the News page.

 

An evening of learning and action around the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is no more, but the fight over unjust, unnecessary pipelines is not over.

Please consider joining Wild Virginia, POWHR Coalition (Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights), Appalachian Voices and West Virginia Rivers Coalition as they explain why this pipeline is so dangerous, and what you can do about it.

This online event will take place Tuesday, March 16, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM EDT.

Register here.

Photo of beautiful healthy river, with inset photo of how a river would look with pipeline construction damage.

How Can You Help Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline?

Learn about the specific actions you can take this month to help stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline and protect our water.

 

Join Wild Virginia, POWHR Coalition (Protect Our Water Heritage Rights), Appalachian Voices and West Virginia Rivers Colaiition for an evening of learning and action around the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

Presenters will explain why this pipeline is so catastrophic for ecosystems, endangered species, public lands, communities, and the climate at large. You will have a chance to hear from directly-impacted landowners, grassroots leaders, and lawyers fighting the project.

We will share where MVP stands today, what could happen if it is put into service, and how your action is essential before March 22nd to stop that from ever occurring. Learn how to submit a public comment or motion to intervene on MVP’s request to change the crossing method for 180 streams and wetlands.

We will provide background information, talking points, and opportunities to ask questions. Your voice is a valuable and needed addition to the public record. In addition to technical comments and filings, public testimony is a crucial part of the campaign against the pipeline — especially if you have direct, personal connections to the land and water being harmed.

Whether this is your first time tuning into the MVP fight or you have resisted this project since the beginning, your voice is needed now.

 
Register
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Online

FREE

Annual Meeting Invitation

Friends of Nelson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: FON Annual Meeting
Time: Jan 27, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Last Chance to Register: Our Air, Our Health, Our Common Future: The Fight to Save Union Hill


This event is tomorrow, Saturday September 7, 2019. Last chance to register!

Our Air, Our Health, Our Common Future: The Fight to Save Union Hill
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1 PM – 4 PM, Union Hill, Virginia

Join friends, neighbors and Virginians leading the fight to protect our communities against corporate polluters for a Town Hall to address this important question: What kind of Commonwealth are we?

Refreshments will be served immediately following the event program. Please register on our Eventbrite web page (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-air-our-health-our-common-future-the-fight-to-save-union-hill-tickets-69378548105) so you have all the details and directions to the event (and to give us an accurate head count for food!).

Further information on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/506866846742060/) or on our Events page.