November 16, 2018

Environmental groups slam Northam decision to replace air board members prior to vote

Gov. Ralph Northam is removing two members from the State Air Pollution Control Board, a move that comes less than a week after they raised concerns about a natural gas compressor station planned for a historic black community in Buckingham County and ahead of the board’s vote on the project.

Seven environmental groups, including the Southern Environmental Law Center and Sierra Club Virginia chapter, slammed Northam’s decision. On Nov. 9, the board opted to wait a month to decide on whether to approve a permit for a natural gas compressor station to serve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Some board members and members of the Union Hill community in Buckingham County are concerned about the environmental impact on the community.