VaNews for Fluvanna County
Anyone in the Thomas Jefferson Health District should now be able to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they are symptomatic of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The health district, which covers Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties and Charlottesville, is running multiple upcoming testing clinics and plans to add more in the near future.
A Fluvanna County jury has found Treasurer Linda H. Lenherr not guilty on charges of improperly using her position to benefit her son in a 2015 land auction that the Commonwealth says cost county taxpayers $33,240 in lost revenue.
In an unusual move, members of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors spoke in favor of slashing the county’s personal property tax rate at a work session Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 21).
The stated purpose of this move would be to encourage more businesses to locate in Fluvanna rather than Louisa or other counties.
Coal ash ponds at Dominion Virginia Power stations in Bremo Bluff and Chesterfield County are among 21 facilities in five states leaching contaminants into surrounding water, in some cases in excess of federal standards for drinking water and aquatic life, according to a report by Duke University scientists published Friday in a scientific journal.
“The magnitude is different for various reasons, but the evidence for leaking was everywhere,” said Avner Vengosh, a professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
Researchers at Duke University who say they have developed a method to link water contamination to coal ash have taken samples near Dominion Virginia Power facilities in Fluvanna and Chesterfield counties and expect to publish the results in a scientific journal after a peer-review process is complete.
“We are not an environmental group,” said Avner Vengosh, a professor of geochemistry and water quality at the university’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “We’re trying to do science, and we’re trying to do it as objectively as we can.”
Amid growing public concerns over plans to discharge coal ash pond water into Virginia waterways, Dominion Virginia Power has agreed to treat the wastewater at one site more thoroughly before it's discharged into the James River, and monitor fish for adverse health effects.
These are the terms of a settlement agreement announced Monday by Dominion along with the James River Association and the Southern Environmental Law Center regarding the company's Bremo Power Station in Fluvanna County.
Dominion Virginia Power's plan to release hundreds of millions of coal ash waste water into state waterways has sparked a protest by hundreds at the Capitol, the arrest of eight and court action to block the utility's plan. Following is a look at what is pushing this issue to the forefront, how the power company plans to treat the waste water, and the concerns of environmental groups:
Fluvanna County has surged into the biggest influx of concealed handgun permit applications Sheriff Eric Hess said he has ever seen.
Though most Americans have the right to carry guns openly, concealed carrying requires a permit. And for some reason, Fluvanna residents are suddenly itching to get their hands on one.
Louisa County, its Board of Supervisors and two water authorities have joined together to file a lawsuit against Fluvanna County and its Board of Supervisors over a disputed water line project.
Environmental groups and concerned citizens worry that Dominion’s intentions to dump millions of gallons of wastewater per day into the James River won’t go swimmingly.
Alleging that the wastewater potentially being discharged from a Fluvanna County power station will contain coal ash and toxic metals, some are worried about the environmental impacts on the river in which many swim, fish and boat.