Michael Bochynski - Virginia Program Organizer

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Protecting Virginians from Toxic Chemicals

May 14, 2020

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) and other toxic chemicals found in many products, such as clothing, carpets, furniture, firefighting foam, adhesives, and food and beverage containers. PFAS-treated food packaging is a major source of human exposure to PFAS via contaminated food and drinking water.

Nasty Brown liquid discharged from a pipe. Photo credit: Dragana Gerasimoski / Shutterstock

We Must Protect the Potomac River from Toxic Sewage Dumping

August 4, 2016

Every time it rains, the combined sewer systems of Washington D.C. and the City of Alexandria dump untreated sewage into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Although the District has begun projects designed to prevent raw sewage from entering local waterways and rivers, such as holding tunnels, Alexandria recently missed an opportunity to adopt a modern Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) for its own aging sewer system.

Sprinkler at a coal ash disposal site. Photo credit: bibiphoto / Shutterstock

Virginia Gives Dominion a Free Pass to Pollute

March 10, 2016

In January the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) issued Dominion Power two permits to drain over 300 million gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Potomac and James River.

Street drain, stormwater runoff. Photo credit: Abramov Timur / Shutterstock

Supporting Local Solutions to Stormwater Pollution

February 24, 2016

Northern Virginia is facing increasingly stressed drinking water supplies.

Patowmack Canal - Great Falls National Park

The Health of Virginia’s Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay Depends on the Clean Water Rule

May 29, 2015

This week we are celebrating the release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Rule, which restores Clean Water Act protections to tributary streams and wetlands.

A coal ash dump. Photo Credit: Nenad Zivkovic / Shutterstock

Virginia’s Big Ash Problem

May 26, 2015

Virginia Conservation Network in partnership with Clean Water Action, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, and EarthJustice released a report that is the first comprehensive examination of coal ash sites in Virginia..