Protect the Potomac and James Rivers Toxic Coal Ash

A coal ash dump. Photo Credit: Nenad Zivkovic / Shutterstock

In January the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) issued Dominion Power two permits to drain over 300 million gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Potomac and James River.

The permits were granted despite the fact that untreated and unpermitted coal ash waste water has already contaminated local ground water and tributaries, like Quanitico Creek.

Instead of allowing Dominion to "cap-in-place" coal ash waste, leaving future generations the task of clean up, VDEQ should require treatment of coal ash waste water pollutants to below toxic levels, and transport the dry, leftover ash to properly constructed, lined facilities located away from rivers and streams.

Send a message to Attorney General Herring, Governor McAuliffe, and VDEQ Director Paylor today. Tell them our water needs better protections from coal ash!