Washington DC: June 26th, 2015—Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) is calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate actions taken by Dominion in recent weeks that my increase environmental and public health risks posed by the storage of toxic coal ash near Quantico, Virginia on the Potomac River. PRKN’s actions follow on the heels of actions taken by Virginia lawmakers last week, urging the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to ramp up its response to pollution from Dominion’s Possum Point Power Plant coal ash ponds, and offer drinking water testing to nearby residents.
In a recent flyover, PRKN discovered that Dominion completely drained all the waste water from a 240 million gallon coal ash waste pond at Possum Point. Dominion claims it drained approximately 52 million gallons of toxic coal ash water out of one of its coal ash ponds. Dominion now appears to be moving coal ash from the drained pond to another waste pond on the site. All the activity shows that Dominion is likely advancing its closure plan and draining its waste ponds at Possum Point without the required approval of DEQ. Dominion has stated it intends to cap all five waste ponds and discharge toxic coal ash water from its ponds into Quantico Creek.