- I am continuing to monitor the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history in the Dan River. My questions about harmful results of the spill on fish and wildlife are still somewhat unanswered. The Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water has received drinking water quality results from the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services. These results are from samples collected following treatment at the City of Danville and South Boston water treatment plants. These results indicate, including the heavy metals of concern due to coal ash, that the treated water quality remains in compliance with the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Commonwealth of Virginia Waterworks Regulations. The water treatment plant operators and utility staffs have performed extremely well, under adverse circumstances, to ensure that a safe and adequate supply of water continues to be provided.
- This Tuesday marked a much anticipated day in the life of the General Assembly – Crossover. Each bill introduced in the House is now in the Senate and vice versa. We are now officially half way through the 2014 session.
- I voted for HB 930, a bill that reduces the number of SOLs in schools from 22-17, a 23% reduction, and it passed the House this week.
OF LOCAL INTEREST:
- Good news for Charlotte County recently! The county has landed two new industries, creating new jobs! Official announcements have not been made yet but Alderman Rail has been purchased by Patriot Rail and a new seafood processing facility will be built in the Heartland Business Park. Congratulations on these long-awaited announcements!
- We've had the second major snow event of the year this week and driving conditions may still be hazardous. Check road conditions before leaving home by calling 511 or logging onto www.511Virginia.org. If you need help for an elderly or disabled person during the storm, need information on warming shelters, or are concerned about an unsheltered individual or family, call 211 or visit www.211virginia.org. If your power goes out, contact Dominion using any mobile device at dom.com or through the company's toll free number, 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357). At this time, Mecklenburg Electric is only reporting about 400 outages, mostly in Mecklenburg County.
- Unfortunately tax time is upon us once again. I received information from the IRS on a free tax preparation service available through the Free File program. Every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. You may want to take a look at the program.
- Remember, any legislation can be read in full on the Virginia General Assembly website, http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/. A wealth of additional information on the legislative process can also be found on this site. In addition, you can actually watch video for the House by clicking here.