Stop Coal Ash Leaks and Discharges

December 8, 2015

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public hearing on Dominion Power's Possum Point power station coal ash ponds on December 8, 7 p.m., at DEQ's offices, 13901 Crown Court, Woodbridge, VA 22193. Dominion has applied for a permit, according to DEQ, to "allow the release of treated industrial wastewater and stormwater into a water body."

These ponds, near Dumfries, are contaminating groundwater and leaking hexavalent chromium, boron and lead into Quantico Creek and Potomac River.  According to Delegate (Senator-elect) Scott Surovell, "Four ponds are entirely unlined.  All contain large amounts of coal ash waste which is well known to contain high levels of hazardous metals including lead, boron, cadmium, selenium, arsenic. DEQ is proposing to allow Dominion Virginia Power to release treated industrial wastewater and storm water at a combined rate of 172 million gallons per day from eight outfalls from these ponds into Quantico Creek and the Potomac River. They are also proposing to allow Dominion to cap existing coal ash waste deposits in place instead of remove them to locations well away from the Quantico Creek and the Potomac River." 

 

Senator Dave Marsden and Delegates David Bulova and Scott Surovell have asked that the comment period scheduled to end on December 14 be extended by 60 days.  For an electronic copy of the permit and fact sheet, contact susan.mackert@deq.virginia.gov or 703-583-3853.