Take Action! Tell VDEQ our water needs better protections 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.
Clean Water Action, working with partners and local communities, is advocating for legislation (SB818) that will help eliminate the Commonwealth’s last major source of untreated sewage dumping into the Potomac River watershed. Take Action! Tell your legislators to support this important legislation.
The City of Alexandria’s combined sewer system dumps untreated sewage into local waterways and the Potomac River. Raw sewage contains E. coli and other pathogens, and is the primary reason areas of the Potomac are closed to swimming nearly every time it rains.
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.