Pressure Mounting on DEQ to Protect Virginians From Dominion’s Coal Ash Pollution

Today, on behalf of Potomac Riverkeeper Network, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed an appeal of the permit issued by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to Dominion that would allow the company to pollute Quantico Creek and the Potomac River with more than 150 million gallons of coal ash wastewater contaminated with high levels of toxic metals from the Possum Point Power Station.

The conservation groups are challenging the failure of the permit to require Dominion to abide by the Clean Water Act and to use readily available water treatment technologies that remove most of the toxic metals from the wastewater before it is released into a waterway used by many for fishing, boating, and birdwatching. 

“DEQ Director David Paylor has refused to answer why he misled the public by saying no water was pumped into state waters only to find out months later over 25 million gallons of untreated coal ash water was pumped into the Potomac River. Both Dominion and DEQ first deny, then revise what happened at Possum Point just like with Dominion’s oil spill. There is absolutely no accountability or oversight. We are demanding an EPA investigation and we want Dominion’s coal ash permit revoked,” said Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks. “We want a full investigation. EPA must investigate this matter.” 

READ MORE: SELC & PRKN Press Statement, February 26, 2016