Virginia approves Dominion permits to remove water from coal ash ponds

The Virginia State Water Control Board approved two permits Jan. 14 that provide strict legal requirements for the removal of water from coal ash ponds at facilities owned by Dominion (NYSE:D) subsidiary Dominion Virginia Power facilities in Fluvanna and Prince William counties.

The water discharge permits are a necessary first step in stabilizing and closing the coal ash ponds permanently. The requirements in the permits are designed to protect water quality, fish and other aquatic life, and human health at all times.

“These permits fully comply with state and federal laws and regulations to protect people’s health and the environment,” said David K. Paylor, director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). “They will ensure that water in the receiving streams meets the water quality standards approved by Virginia and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

The Dominion facilities are Bremo Bluff on the James River in Fluvanna, and Possum Point on Quantico Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River, in Prince William.

Dominion has said previously that it will close ponds at four locations in Virginia.


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