Provided by Supervisor Frank Principi’s Office
The Virginia Water Control Board approved Dominion Virginia Power’s permit to begin closing its coal ash storage ponds at Possum Point Power Station in Dumfries, Va., with the discharge of over 150 million gallons of wastewater into Quantico Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) is continuing to research retaining an expert consultant to review the permit and possibly to explore legal action. In December, VDEQ did not respond to a BOCS request to extend the public comment period on the permit by 60 days.
“We recognize that the coal ash ponds at Possum Point Power Station must be closed, and that Dominion’s application permit appears to meet current state guidelines. What we as a county are questioning is are those guidelines stringent enough to adequately protect aquatic and human life?” said Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi. “There are still many questions to be answered. Why wasn’t the filtration process discussed and agreed upon prior to permit approval? Why wasn’t testing of the toe drain performed prior to mid-December? What is the timeline for dewatering? It is a disservice to the people of Virginia for VDEQ to approve the dewatering permit without requiring answers or responses to all public questions and comments. PWL They should take the time to better educate the public, allaying concerns and addressing any perceived gaps that may exist in Dominion’s proposal.”
Dominion is expected to next submit an application permit that would authorize the company to indefinitely store coal ash in the largest storage pit at Possum Point, Pond D. Critics note that studies by Potomac Riverkeepers show that Pond D has been leaching contaminants into the groundwater and adjacent waterways for decades. To learn more about the closing of the Possum Point coal ash ponds, visit www.NewWoodbridge.org/Issues/