Statement on Dominion Decision to Run Water Lines to Homes Around Possum Point

Statement from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Today it came to our attention that Dominion Virginia Power is making some effort to extend municipal water lines to homes near the Possum Point Power Station. Our testing in the past has identified contaminants in well water there that are commonly linked with coal ash pollution.

You can attribute the following statement to Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper:

“I believe this is an acknowledgment by Dominion that the coal ash ponds at Possum Point have been contaminating groundwater, which then contaminates drinking water wells. Dominion has consistently dismissed the results of our independent water testing, even when the state testing found the same pollutants in these wells. Why would Dominion now undertake this expense? We believe that Possum Point’s coal ash ponds caused this contamination, and only effective solution for permanently solving the problem is the excavation and removal of all of the site’s ash to dry, lined storage.”

You can attribute the following statement to Greg Buppert, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, who has worked extensively on issues involving Possum Point.

“Dominion has applied to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for a permit to bury the coal ash in place. This development is another reason DEQ should not rush forward with that solid-waste permit. There are too many unanswered questions about the conditions at this site. Past groundwater testing at Possum Point has shown that the partial clay liner in Pond D won’t stop the migration of contaminants, and new groundwater monitoring wells show elevated levels of boron, cobalt, nickel and other metals. DEQ should collect at least a year’s worth of new groundwater data before considering a solid-waste permit for Possum Point.”


Greg Buppert, SELC, (434) 977-4090

Mike Mather, SELC Communications, (434) 977-4090; mobile/text (434) 333-9464 or

Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper Network, (336) 809-6041