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The three states on the Delmarva Peninsula have joined 19 others in a suit against the easing of restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put in a new rules that allows states more latitude in upgrading such facilities.

The suit argues that does not meaningfully replace the greenhouse gas emissions from the power plants as required under the Clean Air Act.

WBOC reports that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh chastised the administration saying that EPA is prioritizing the coal industry over clean, renewable energy.

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - A coal train has derailed into the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. The derailment is still being cleaned up and has raised concerns about the impact on various forms of wildlife, including endangered species.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the derailment occurred early Tuesday morning when 36 cars full of coal went off the tracks.

Refuge manager Chris Lowie said the Norfolk Southern train is "literally right in the middle of the swamp."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia state lawmaker wants residents in the state's poorest cities, towns and counties to be exempt from state taxes for a decade.

The Roanoke Times reports that Del. Will Morefield plans to submit a bill in next year's legislation session to exempt people and companies from the state income tax.

Morefield said the legislation is aimed at boosting economic development in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, which has struggled in recent years.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University System of Maryland Foundation says it will no longer directly invest in certain fossil fuel sources.

Leonard Raley, president and CEO of the foundation, which oversees the system's $1 billion endowment, tells The Baltimore Sun that they are concerned about climate change and taking actions to reflect that.

The foundation said Tuesday that it would sign on to a United Nations pledge to be more socially aware of its investments, and appoint a staff person to identify opportunities in renewable energy.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed Republican legislation aimed at giving lawmakers a greater say in how the state carries out new federal pollution rules.

The governor announced Wednesday he'd vetoed legislation that would have required the GOP-controlled General Assembly to sign off on how Virginia implements the Clean Power Plan.

McAuliffe said the legislation would create "an impermissible breach of Virginia's constitutional separation of powers."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have now approved extended coal-related tax credits by veto proof margins, putting Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a tight spot.
 
The House approved the measure by a wide margin Friday.
 
The governor vetoed similar legislation last year and Democrats in the General Assembly helped sustain the veto. He has also spoken out this year against extending the credits.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate has approved extending coal tax credits that critics say do a poor job of helping the state's coal country.

The upper chamber voted Monday to approve continuing two coal-related tax credits, which are set to expire shortly, to 2022. The measure was approved by a large margin, indicating that it would likely survive a veto by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Republican supporters of the measure said it was necessary to help Southwest Virginia's hard-hit coal industry.