Despite the abundant evidence of groundwater contamination by coal ash in Virginia and the long history of spills and mismanagement of dams, state regulations have serious gaps that heighten the risk of future harm from coal ash.
Coal ash, waste produced when coal is burned for energy, contains many known carcinogenic and neurotoxic chemicals, including a variety of concentrated heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury and selenium. Tell your legislators our water needs better protections from coal ash.
There are twelve active coal ash ponds and eight active coal ash landfills in Virginia. Eight additional large coal ash ponds in Virginia are no longer being used for ash disposal but sit idle, full of toxic sludge, on Virginia’s waterways.
Take Action! Tell VDEQ our water needs better protections from coal ash.
In January the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) issued Dominion Power two permits to drain over 300 million gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Potomac and James River.