Dominion Virginia Power Seeks to Remove Small Portion of Coal Ash


By Editors of Power Engineering

An email from a Virginia state official to the Southern Environmental Law center indicates Dominion Virginia Power hopes to remove a small portion of the coal ash stored at a closed coal-fired power plant.

However, a Dominion spokesman told the Virginian-Pilot the utility plans to keep the majority of the more than three million tons of ash in place.

Melinda Woodruff, a regional land protection manager for the Department of Environmental Quality, said Dominion had withdrawn an application for a change in one permit and asked for another to be put on hold while it looks at possible revisions to its plan at the Chesapeake Energy Center site.

Dominion officials said the utility no longer seeks to discharge treated water into the Elizabeth River from draining the bottom-ash pond. Instead, the utility hopes to truck water from that pond to an off-site treatment facility.

Possible plans include excavating ash from the pond, or other alternatives beyond putting a permanent cap over it.

Regardless of what happens with the bottom-ash pond, the utility still seeks to place a permanent cap over the remaining ash.  

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