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August 31, 2015

More information:    Megan Howard, Surovell for Senate Campaign Manager 


Mount Vernon, Virginia
- This week Delegate Scott Surovell (D-Mt. Vernon) was endorsed by the Sierra Club in the race for the 36th State Senate District. The Sierra Club is an organization dedicated to building healthy communities and to conserving the natural environment. The Virginia Chapter of the organization has over 15,000 members.


In a statement announcing the endorsement, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Political Chair Tyla Matteson said, "The Sierra Club highly values Delegate Surovell's dedication to the protection of the natural resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia and we are proud to endorse his candidacy for State Senate. We are confident that he will safeguard the quality of our air and water, our lands and our climate."


Surovell went on to say, “Advocating for our waterways and protecting the quality of our environment is one of my top priorities. The 36th Senate District sits on the Potomac River and is home to numerous state parks that are assets to the Northern Virginia region. But we are also home to one of the trashiest creeks in Northern Virginia and are in desperate need of updated storm water management and transit oriented development that will reduce pollution from Stafford to Mt. Vernon. I am proud to have the Sierra Club’s endorsement and hope to continue my work on environmental issues in the State Senate.”


While in office Surovell introduced legislation to strengthen energy standards, fought for tax credits for homeowners who installed solar or geothermal systems and pushed to generate investment in clean energy systems.


Legislative accomplishments related to environmental issues include:

·        - Creating the licensure and regulation of home energy auditors
Adding solar thermal energy to Virginia’s Renewable Portfolio Standard
- Repealing Virginia’s $100/year tax on hybrid vehicles.
- Passing floor amendment that would give energy generated by animal waste the same credit in Virginia’s renewable energy portfolio standard, the same credit as energy generated by wind and solar.


Surovell has also fought to fund Virginia’s membership in the Interstate Commission of the Potomac River after Governor McDonnell attempted to defund and withdraw from the Compact.  The Compact is an interstate compact that manages water storage facilities to ensure water flow during the summer to minimize interstate water conflict, monitors water quality and promotes various projects such as restoration of Virginia's shad population.


Surovell also has been an advocate for community solar programs, solar tax credits and won the Sierra Club’s Solar Champion Award in 2014. 


He has also been on the front lines to force Dominion Resources to remove coal ash from five coal ash pond dumps on Possum Point in Prince William County.   Coal ash is well known to leech lead, boron and hexavalent chromium into ground water and surface waters.  Delegate Surovell has pressed Dominion to remove coal ash to storage sites more remote from ground water and water sources.


Finally, last week, Dominion announced State Corporation Commission approval of a new program to sell solar energy to consumer that Dominion announced with Delegate Surovell in response to his legislative efforts.  Virginia consumers will be able to purchase access to energy generated by solar panels not attached to their homes for the first time in Virginia history.


The Sierra Club’s endorsement decision includes a review of candidates’ environmental platform, responses to our Sierra Club2015 House & Senate Candidate Questionnaire, and a recent interview.