Potomac River at Risk from Toxic Coal Ash!

Join Our Town Hall Meeting to Learn More

Tuesday, January 15, at 6 p.m.
Potomac River Fisheries Commission Headquarters
222 Taylor St, Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Your Potomac River and its fisheries are threatened by leaking toxic coal ash pits upstream. Nearly 4 million tons of dangerous heavy metals left from burning coal are stored in massive unlined pits – coal ash ponds – not far upriver at Possum Point near Quantico. Carcinogenic elements such as arsenic, selenium, and radium have been leaching into groundwater, drinking wells and the Potomac River for decades.

Dominion Energy, the owner of nearly 30 million tons of toxic coal ash across Virginia, wants to close their ponds using an outdated method called Cap-in-Place — an ineffective approach that puts our groundwater sources at increased risk of contamination. Dominion has acknowledged groundwater contamination from all 11 of their ash ponds threatening the Potomac, James, and Elizabeth rivers.

Leaching from Dominion’s ash ponds will continue indefinitely unless the state requires corrective action to protect public health. Other southern states have required utilities to safely clean up, recycle, and dispose of toxic ash away from rivers and drinking water. The Virginia General Assembly will soon consider similar legislation that requires Dominion do the right thing. We need your support to insist that our lawmakers act responsibly and reject Cap-in-Place.

Our rivers and communities are at risk,
please don’t miss this important meeting!


  • 6:00 Welcome and introductions – Marty Gary, Potomac River Fisheries Commission
  • 6:05 Showing Coal Ash Gamble
  • 6:15 Power Point Presentation by Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper
  • 6:30 Patty Marrow: Impacted resident living near coal ash ponds
  • 6:45 Update on proposed legislation by Phillip Musegaas, PRKN Vice President of Programs and Litigation
  • 7:00 pm Q & A
coal ash impact on water resources

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