Statement on Pending Virginia Coal Ash Legislation

Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) and Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks today applauded the agreement which resulted in pending legislation to resolve the Commonwealth’s longstanding coal ash pollution problem. The bill, SB 1533, requires that all legacy coal ash in the Commonwealth be recycled or safely landfilled within 15 years, rather than left in the current dangerous … Read More

Thoughts for the New Year!

Happy New Year! I now have more than six months at Potomac Riverkeeper Network behind me – I wrote earlier about how much fun I’ve had learning about the organization and the beautiful resources we have the privilege to protect.   Over the past year, my appreciation for the important work the Potomac Riverkeeper Network does … Read More

Proposed Rollback of Federal Coal Ash Rule

Well, they’re at it again! Under the Obama Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency adopted the first-ever federal protections against the dangers posed by coal ash. That rule requires closure of ash dumps in dangerous locations (including within five feet of groundwater), regular inspection of coal ash ponds, monitoring of groundwater near coal ash sites, closure of leaking ponds, … Read More

Our Report Shows Coal Ash Can Be Recycled to Beneficial Uses

Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Southern Environmental Law Center released a new report that finds recycling coal ash left at Possum Point and three other Dominion Energy coal power plant sites is commercially viable and would eliminate the risk of future environmental contamination posed by leaving the ash in capped, unlined ash ponds onsite. Recycled coal ash … Read More

Press Release

New Report Urges Recycling, Not Burying of Coal Ash

Protects Virginia Rivers and Drinking Water from Contamination and Provides Cost-effective product for Highway and Bridge Construction Washington, DC – November 30 – An independent report issued today by Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Southern Environmental Law Center finds that recycling coal ash left at Possum Point and three other Dominion Energy coal power plant sites is … Read More

Major Victory on Coal Ash Pollution in Virginia!

We had a big victory on coal ash yesterday. Virginia Governor McAuliffe signed into law safeguards to protect public health and the environment that we’ve been fighting for years and put a freeze on all coal ash solid waste permits! Last year’s coal ash bill died quietly in committee. Dominion seemed poised to get the … Read More

Tell Virginia Legislators to Support SB1398 for Safe Disposal of Coal Ash

When our coal ash campaign began three years ago, neighbors of Dominion’s Possum Point plant didn’t know a toxic cocktail of arsenic and heavy metals was leaking into their wells. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) didn’t know Dominion was pumping 27.5 millions of gallons of untreated coal ash water into Quantico Creek — … Read More

Press Release

PRKN Applauds Governor McAuliffe’s Proposed Moratorium on Coal Ash Solid Waste Permits

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Governor McAuliffe announced that he is restoring the common sense measures to Virginia Senate Bill 1398 (SB 1398) that require Dominion Power to fully assess risks to water quality and the environment posed by coal ash pollution. His proposed amendments re-instate a requirement for Dominion to complete an assessment of … Read More