Prince William County and Dominion Ensure Continued Effectiveness of Water Treatment Process

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The Board of County Supervisors voted to amend the settlement agreement with Dominion Virginia Power, which continues to ensure reduced contaminant levels from water discharged as part of Dominion’s closing of its coal ash ponds at its Possum Point facility.

On March 8, 2016, the Board entered into a settlement agreement with Dominion Virginia Power to provide enhanced protection for Quantico Creek and the Potomac River from treated waters discharged from the coal ash ponds that currently exist at Dominion’s Possum Point Power Station. To date, the levels of contaminants have remained below the required state permit levels.

Based on its operational experience, Dominion requested a modification to the treatment process that was approved by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and then by the Board.  The County’s staff and outside technical experts reviewed and confirmed that the newly-approved treatment process will not have a negative impact on the treatment process or water quality, and the treatment process will continue to substantially reduce contaminant levels.

 “In March, we required Dominion to meet more stringent guidelines than the state required because the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay watershed are significant natural resources that we must protect,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “This amendment further assures that Dominion discharges water in such a way as to protect the residents and businesses of Prince William County, and other communities relying upon the quality of the watershed.”

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