Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan

Categories: Homeland Security,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://www.hrpdcva.gov/uploads/docs/DRAFT%20HAZ%20MIT%20PLAN%20MAY%202016.pdf

Updated plan for preparing for and responding to emergency situations in the communities of the Hampton Roads area.  Combines six separate plans from the Peninsula and Southside communities into a single plan.  From the Hampton Roads Plan District Commission

 

Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Impacts to Roadways in Hampton Roads

Categories: Climate Change,Maps/Geography,Transportation,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://www.hrtpo.org/uploads/docs/Sea%20Level%20Rise-Storm%20Surge%20Impacts%20to%20Roadways%20in%20HR%20DRAFT%20Report.pdf

Includes a methodology for incorporating sea level rise and storm surge impacts to roadways into transportation planning.  Also contains adaptation strategies, design considerations, best practices, and lessons learned from other coastal regions.  Dated January 2016 but released to the public in May 2016.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

 

Wittman v. Personhuballah

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-1504

Unanimous Supreme Court decision which dismissed the Republican Congressmen’s appeal due to their lack of standing and affirmed the District Court decision that the original redistricting plan was unconstitutional.  None of the three Representatives appealing the lower court decision resided in or represented Congressional District 3. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Governor McAuliffe Restores Voting and Civil Rights to Over 200,000 Virginians

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=15008

Describes the action and includes the text of the Governor’s order that restores the civil and voting rights of 206,000 Virginia residents who were convicted of felonies, served their time, and completed all post-incarceration requirements.  From the Office of the Governor

 

VA 2014 Toxics Release Inventory Report with 2014 Appendices

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Headlines,Manufacturing,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityPlanningEmissions/SARATitleIII/SARA313ToxicsReleaseInventory/VA2014ToxicsReleaseInventoryReport.aspx

Includes link to the summary report plus links for 13 detailed appendices covering historical trends, facility and jurisdiction rankings, and information on individual facilities by locality.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

2014 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2014 Industry Reports

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Headlines,Manufacturing,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/SARATitle3/2014_TRI_Report.pdf

Virginia industries reported 917 million pounds of chemicals managed on-site, transferred off-site, or released to the environment in 2014.  This represents a 5.6% increase from the 2013 level, primarily due to increases in on-site management.  The report shows decreases in chemical releases to the air, water, or land.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

2015 Report on the Status of Virginia Tribes

Categories: Native Americans,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD1212016/$file/RD121.pdf

Brief review of 2015 developments including the federal recognition of the Pamunkey Tribe, announced on July 2, and the challenge raised by a California-based anti-gambling group on October 2.  From the Secretary of the Commonwealth

 

Analyzing the Impact of Implementing New Tolls on Existing Roadway Facilities: The Hampton Roads Experience

Categories: Public Works,Transportation,Virginia Issues

http://www.hrtpo.org/uploads/docs/TRB%20Paper%20Analyzing%20the%20Impact%20of%20Implementing%20New%20Tolls%20on%20Existing%20Roadway%20Facilities%20Revised.pdf

Studies the impact of placing tolls on a regional transportation system by comparing the traffic and transit conditions before and after tolling. The tolls, designed to pay for additional tunnel lanes, resulted in a 32% decrease in peak period delays at four river corridors.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

 

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