Data center bill dies in Virginia House

(The Center Square) — A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee tabled a bill Thursday that would have restricted data centers from being constructed within a half mile of state and national parks statewide.

Just before the committee voted on the bill, its patron, Del. Joshua Thomas, D-Prince William, made an impassioned plea in a last-ditch effort to move it forward — to no avail.

“My district is hurting. We have a community that’s been torn apart by this issue,” Thomas said.

“We just need some relief from the body that is best in a position to provide that from a district that is losing its cultural sites, that is losing precious environmental land and that is getting torn asunder by an industry that is relatively new… and now would be an appropriate time to start putting some sensible guardrails on there.”

Four people testified for the bill, but eight testified against it, representing various
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