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Judge Calls WAPA Emissions Progress ‘Remarkable’

The V.I. Water and Power Authority continues to be in compliance with emissions consent decrees, earning praise from U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez during a quarterly court review Monday. WAPA will only need to have annual reviews going forward, according to a statement from the authority.
A water truck navigates loosely paved roads while delivering gallons of water to a V.I. resident. (Kelsey Nowakowski photo)

Amid Drought, USVI Added to the U.S. Drought Monitor For Regular Reporting

The V.I. will officially be added to the U.S. Drought Monitor map on June 6, 2019, said Brad Rippey of the United States Department of Agriculture, who is helping organize the drought monitoring efforts in the V.I.
Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas. (File photo)

Judge Calls WMA Landfill Progress Impressive but Inadequate

When Adrian Taylor, the interim director of the Waste Management Authority, appeared in federal court on Tuesday, he reported progress taking place at the territory’s two landfills. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez called the efforts impressive.

Andrea Prompts First Hurricane Advisory: Are You Ready for the Season?

Subtropical Storm Andrea appears to pose no threat to the U.S. Virgin Islands, but is a timely reminder to finish hurricane preparations before the official beginning of the hurricane season on June 1.
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senate Panel Votes to Ban Sunscreens with Toxic Chemicals

A Senate committee voted Monday to forward a bill banning two chemicals found in many sunscreens after a panel of witnesses, including chemists and divers, testified that the compounds contribute to the deterioration of coral reefs and have been linked to harmful side effects in humans.
A carelessly discarded chip bag floats in the territory's otherwise beautiful blue waters. (Alain M Brin, Blue Glass Photography)

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Earth Day

I am old enough to remember the first, wildly hopeful Earth Day, April 22, 1970. I was 20 years old. I also remember the release of Rachel Carson’s seachanging book “Silent Spring” – which inspired not only the first Earth Day but also the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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