Did you know there’s a power plant called Possum Point Power Station just south of Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge? And it’s leaking toxic chemicals into our water? And they’re proposing to dump 150 million gallons of coal-ash wastewater containing heavy metals and carcinogens into our waterways? Well, there is.
There’s a decision tomorrow (January 14) that could affect your drinking water and your health.
In December Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) approved Dominion Virginia Power’s permit request to “dewater” the contaminated wastewater from coal-ash ponds into Quantico Creek which flows directly into the Potomac.
According to Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi, the permit allows Dominion to discharge contaminants in far higher amounts than other states allow—even higher than North Carolina, a state not known for its environmental activism.
By the way, these contaminants include hexavalent chromium — you know, the “Erin Brockovich chemical.”
Republicans and Democrats agree on this. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors agree with the Potomac Riverkeepers and the Sierra Club and others that this proposal…
- threatens our drinking water,
- threatens our health,
- threatens commercial fisheries,
- threatens recreational use of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay,
- and, is not current industry best practice for cleaning up these coal-ash ponds.
It’s being pushed through without effectively notifying citizens. (There was one notice of a citizen’s meeting in the Washington Times.)
Please contact your elected officials and demand that VDEQ do the following…
- Delay any decision until after the Virginia Department of Health can test well water in the pond area
- Require Dominion to use industry best practices. That means they need to drain the ponds, remove the coal ash, and dispose of it in a dry-lined landfill away from all water sources.
- Seal the leaking “toe drain” that is currently leaking toxic metals into Quantico Creek
- Make sure that pond closure plans permanently halt the discharge of coal ash pollutants
Contact the Prince William County Supervisors. They’re considering filing a lawsuit. Let them know you’re in favor of doing so.
Read more about this important issue that affects all of us…
Battle over Dominion coal-ash ponds heads to state water board this week (Washington Post)
Sierra Club on Dominion’s Coal-Ash Pond Dumping Application (New Woodbridge)
Possum Point Coal-Ash Pond Dewatering (New Woodbridge)
Possum Point Coal-Ash Ponds (Potomac Riverkeeper Network)