Youngkin acknowledges environmental excellence

Governor Glenn Youngkin acknowledged public and private sector groups for their environmental improvement efforts.

The ceremony took place during the Environment Virginia Symposium at the Virginia Military Institute and recognized 13 winners and two honorable mention projects.

Some highlighted projects include the City of Harrisonburg’s Urban Forestry program which seeks to maintain and grow the city’s native plant species, and Fauquier County’s River Trail which expanded public access and constructed new canoe and kayak launches.

For a full list of winning projects, head to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s website.

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A diesel leak leads to 81 shutdown

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A leak from a diesel tanker truck shutdown Interstate 81 north from Woodstock to Middletown yesterday morning Mar. 24.

The Interstate was left slick from the leak not unlike icy conditions.

One minor accident occurred involving 2 tractor trailers along with reports of spin outs but no major accidents occurred.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) began spreading crushed limestone to aid in traction.

VDOT also used some absorbent pads around some of the heavier spill areas.

The spill did not cause any significant environmental impact according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ).

The Interstate was reopened just after 11 a.m..

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