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Potomac River Gets A 'D' In Health

The annual Chesapeake Bay water quality "report card" does not contain good news for the Potomac River. The river quality dropped in 2010 from the year before, but scientists say the decline could have been even worse due to the rising population.

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Enviro Group Calls On Federal Government For Anacostia Cleanup

A local nonprofit is calling for more federal involvement in the ongoing effort to clean up the Anacostia River.

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Pressure Mounts On O'Malley To Veto Waste-To-Energy Bill

In Maryland, a growing coalition is urging Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that enhances incentives for facilities that create energy by incinerating trash.

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Bag Tax Passes In Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Md., has followed the lead of the District and will impose a tax on disposable shopping bags.

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Maryland Cities Get Green Streets Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Trust want to see Maryland's streets get greener.

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In Attempt To Shut Down Coal Plant, Alex. Residents Test For Mercury

As part of an ongoing effort to close the GenOn coal plant in Alexandria, the Sierra Club is inviting residents to have their hair tested for toxins.

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Activists Rally To 'Save The Frogs'

Pro-amphibian activists are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency for additional limits on pesticides and increased protections for the area's frogs.

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DDOT to spray ginkgo trees to stem smell

D.C. officials are starting to spray ginkgo trees around the city to stave off the unpleasant odor of its fruits.

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Virginians Consider The Risks And Benefits Of Hydraulic Fracturing

With the dangers of nuclear power playing out in Japan, fighting in Libya pushing up oil prices, and environmentalists urging a reduction in dependence on coal, America is looking for energy alternatives.

One that seemed promising is natural gas. But critics say the process of getting gas from the ground may be risky, which is a question playing out in the Commonwealth.

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