Senate passes McEachin’s toxic waste inventory bill

The Virginia Senate passed a bill by Henrico Sen. Donald McEachin to require the Department of Environmental Quality to create an inventory of toxic waste sites not managed by the EPA.

The legislation, SB 227, passed Friday 38-1. Sen. Richard Black, R-13, was the only vote against the bill. Despite multiple attempts, Black could not be reached for a comment.

The victory for McEachin comes the day after his environmental agenda took a devastating blow in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, of which he is a member.

His legislation to establish a cap-and-trade CO2 emissions program was killed in the Republican-controlled committee. Shortly after, McEachin watched as his next piece of legislation, which aimed to shorten the time in which people must report to the DEQ when they unlawfully dump deleterious substances into state waters, died in a split vote.

“While in theory some Republicans might have agreed with the cap-and-trade concept, they see it as tax on carbon,” Travis Blankenship, the government affairs manager for the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, said. “We did make progress in terms of getting people to say yes, instead of a firm no. While we still lost these fights, we are making progress.”

McEachin (D-9) has once again used the session to pursue a progressive environmental agenda, which, for the most part, died in the same committee.

When the session began, he had introduced four environmental bills, most of which he had introduced in years past as well. Now, less than halfway through the session, three of the four bills have died without seeing the Senate floor.

McEachin, who has earned a 100 percent score from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters for three years in a row, said he would “absolutely” reintroduce his dead bills during the 2017 session.

“It is frustrating,” he said. “But, as long as you stay consistent and persistent, your bills and ideas will eventually pass.”

SB 227 will now head to the House of Delegates, where it died in committee last session.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’


The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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Virginia Repertory Theatre will present Space Baby, an interactive performance for children ages 0-5 and their parents, at the following locations: North Park Library – Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m.; Sandston Library – Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m.; Glen Allen Library – Oct. 18 at 10:15 a.m.; and Varina Library – Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Using established best practices in the field of Theatre for the Very Young, Space Baby engages young children through sounds, songs, stories, and sensory experiences — all the while demonstrating a Language Rich Environment for parents. Part of the national Talking is Teaching campaign. Space is limited. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org. Full text

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