Environment Position Statements - 2010 Legislative Program


Endocrine Disruptor Compounds

Support legislation and funding to implement a statewide strategy to address the potential health and environmental impacts of Endocrine Disruptor Compounds (EDCs) present in Virginia’s waterways.  Budget language adopted in 2009 directs the Board of Pharmacy, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, and the Department of State Police to develop a program to ensure the proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals, including the identification of funding sources to implement the program. 

(Updates and reaffirms previous position.)

 

Global Climate Change

Support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through conservation, use of renewable fuels, regulations, and market-based or other incentives.  As a signatory to the Cool Counties initiative, support the reduction of GHG emissions to 80 percent below current levels by 2050, which translates to an average annual reduction of 2 percent per year.

Support enhanced state efforts to reduce GHG emissions, through implementation of strategies set forth in the Virginia Energy Plan, including:  a 10 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2022; establishment and expansion of energy research and development programs; funding of renewable-energy grant programs; and incentives to assist the development and growth of energy-businesses and technologies.

Support legislation mandating the reporting of certain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissionsfrom stationary sources already required to report emissions of other air pollutants; and from fleets of motor vehicles.

Support opportunities for consumers to purchase renewable energy.

Support state legislative or executive action for Virginia to reduce GHG emissions, on a statewide or regional level, if a national system for GHG emissions reductions is not implemented.

Support legislation which would provide state income tax incentives for businesses or residents to defray a portion of the cost of new construction or improvements which save energy and mitigate adverse environmental impacts.

Support legislative or regulatory action strengthening energy efficiency standards for new homes.  Virginia has not yet adopted the 2009 International Code Council energy provisions.  Those provisions are currently under review by the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development. 

(Reformats and reaffirms previous positions.)

 

Land Conservation

Support the preservation of open space to meet the goals of the Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement, under which signatories pledged the protection of 20% of the watershed by 2010.  Additionally, support the Governor’s goal for preservation of 400,000 acres statewide.  Finally, support prioritizing the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit to encourage the preservation of land for public use. 

(Updates and reaffirms previous position.)

 

Reducing Environmental Contamination from Plastic and Paper Bags

Support legislation or other efforts which would encourage the use of reusable shopping bags, consistent with the County’s waste reduction goals and environmental stewardship efforts.  As in previous sessions, it is anticipated that legislation to ban plastic bags or impose a fee for their use is likely to be introduced again in 2010.  Such legislation would need to be examined by the County for efficacy, cost and ease of administration.

(New position.) 

 


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