A federal judge ruled Thursday that Dominion Virginia Power’s storage of coal ash at a now-closed plant near the Elizabeth River has been illegally polluting groundwater and the river for years. The decision could impact Dominion’s plans to permanently store ash in pits at other plants where coal has historically been burned for power.
U.S. District Judge John Gibney Jr. in Richmond ruled that the Sierra Club had proved that arsenic from four coal ash impoundments at Chesapeake Energy Center has contaminated groundwater and seeped into the Elizabeth River. In a 21-page opinion, Gibney wrote that the pollution violates the federal Clean Water Act because the company did not have a discharge permit from state regulators for such releases.[Continue Reading]
The Bay Journal is a partner in the second Chesapeake Bay Summit, a discussion about key issues in the Bay restoration hosted by Maryland Public Television during Chesapeake Bay Week. This year, the Summit aired on April 27 and focused on the challenges of growth and development. Watch it here, and read the following articles related to the 2015 Summit:
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