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TROUTMAN SANDERS

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Below are newspaper articles from around the Commonwealth that you may find of interest.These materials are to inform you of developments that may affect your business and are not to be considered legal advice. If you have any questions please contact Mike Woods .

 

New review of coal ash at Dominion Power’s Chesapeake site may leave out most of the ash

State lawmakers this week agreed to stretch out a regulatory review of Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to permanently store coal ash at four sites, including in Chesapeake. Environmental groups are hoping…

Virginia Pipelines will be subject to DEQ Water-Quality review

The Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline projects, proposed to cross hundreds of streams and wetland areas across Virginia, will be required to submit detailed information to state regulators on how they will comply with state erosion control and sediment runoff regulations to protect water quality…

New laws are expected to boost solar development in Virginia

The sun is finally shining on solar development in Virginia. After failing to act on solar energy legislation in 2016, this year’s General Assembly passed three bills that advocates say will boost development of this renewable source…

With Gillespie’s backing, State GOP leaders reverse opposition to campaign finance reforms

State House Republican leaders for years fought Democratic proposals to ban the personal use of campaign money. But with GOP gubernatorial front-runner Ed Gillespie’s blessing on Thursday, they…

Department of Justice investigating deaths of former CVTC residents

Following three deaths, a U.S. Department of Justice investigation is underway into the decision to transfer Central Virginia Training Center residents to another state facility, according to…

Report: Virginia employers sought 32,000 tech workers in 4th quarter of 2016

Virginia gained more than 4,100 technology jobs in 2016. But employers in the commonwealth still listed 32,579 technology job openings during the last three months of the year. More than 291,000 Virginians work in the tech industry. Nearly as many…

Eight House of Delegates members won’t seek re-election; seven Republicans and one Democrat

Eight House members won’t be running again, seven Republicans and one Democrat. Of those seven open Republican seats, Hillary Clinton won four of those districts — an indication that they might be pickup opportunities for Democrats…

NCI looks for new associate director

More than 40 people have applied to become the new associate director/chief academic officer for the New College Institute (NCI).The position has been vacant since…

Is Monument Avenue Set in Stone?

Every few years the debate resurfaces. Now the city must decide whether to take the helm. While other cities form commissions and take votes on such matters, Richmond spins its wheels in forums and symposiums…

Resurgence of Tax on Receipts may hurt State economies

The revival of a tax on business receipts that was largely repealed in the early 20th century is likely to hurt the economies of states that are now considering it to plug budget shortfalls…

Sens. introduce bill to help finance Carbon Capture

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., on Wednesday floated legislation that would help power plants and industrial facilities finance the purchase and use of carbon capture and storage equipment through tax-exempt bonds…

Budget tools offer slim hope to undoing Dodd-Frank

Republicans looking to undo the Dodd-Frank Act have turned their sights to the budget reconciliation process, but that complicated maneuver would only be able to target a few items such as…

Broadband Deployment Group set to launch, FCC says

A new advisory committee on broadband deployment at the Federal Communications Commission will meet for the first time late this month…

Telcos urge FCC to address Pole Owners’ buildout barriers

Telecom companies that want to expand wireless service are increasingly crippled by preexisting infrastructure owners charging too-high rental rates, representatives from…

Coal company asks Trump to stay in Paris climate pact

Cloud Peak, the United States’ third-largest coal company by production, said that Trump could use the pact to steer the international community away from anti-fossil fuel policies and decisions...

Cohn backs modern version of Glass-Steagall: report

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn told senators he supports forcing banks to separate their consumer and investment businesses through a modern version of the Glass-Steagall Act,Bloombergreported Thursday…

Repeal push complicates state efforts to get ObamaCare waivers

A number of states are readying blueprints for substantial changes under an ObamaCare waiver program, but a renewed push to repeal the law is complicating their plans…

New approach to state construction funding could generate billions, NC House GOP says

N.C. House Republicans announced a new plan for allocating construction funding Thursday, saying their proposal could make $3 billion in additional money available over the next decade...

NC wind farm restrictions with 30-mile military buffer are defeated, for now

A proposal to restrict wind farm development failed to pass a North Carolina House committee Wednesday after retired military officials condemned it as regulatory overkill that would eliminate…

The Latest: Lawmakers ok California tax, fee hike for roads

California lawmakers have approved a plan to raise gas and vehicle taxes to generate $5 billion a year for road repairs. The measure raises gas taxes by 12 cents per gallon. Vehicle fees will rise between $25 and $175…

Hogan allows 15 bills to become law, avoids veto fights

Md. Gov. Larry Hogan avoided a confrontation with Democratic lawmakers on Thursday by allowing more than a dozen bills to allowing more than a dozen bills to become law without his signature — including measures that…

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