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Virginia Delays Dominion Virginia Power’s Plans to Shut Down Coal Ash Ponds

By Editors of Power Engineering

An amended Virginia bill would require Dominion Virginia Power to delay its plans to shut down 11 coal ash ponds until the utility provides more information about potential contamination and alternatives to closure, the Associated Press reported.

The bill would have originally allowed state environmental officials to issue closure permits before assessments were carried out. However, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe requested changes that would require assessments of the ash ponds by December 1. The assessments should produce information on any water pollution, additional closure options such as recycling or a lined landfill, and long-term safety.

State lawmakers upheld McAuliffe’s changes.

Thomas Farrell II, chairman, president and CEO of Dominion, told the governor the company agreed with conducting the assessments.