Report warns of increasing vulnerability for coal ash pile

By The Associated Press

 

Researchers have found that millions of tons of coal ash stored along the Elizabeth River will become increasingly vulnerable to flooding and other coastal risks.

 

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Researchers have found that millions of tons of coal ash stored along the Elizabeth River will become increasingly vulnerable to flooding and other coastal risks.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2ify5wq ) that the Southern Environmental Law Center released the report Monday. The center is representing the Sierra Club in a federal lawsuit seeking to have Dominion Virginia Power move the ash inland. A judge hasn't yet ruled after a June trial.

Western Carolina University researchers found that the ash, buried as much as 6 feet below mean sea level, is "highly vulnerable to coastal hazards" and warn that the hazards will worsen with climate change.

Dominion says a project meant "to protect against rising waters and a 500-year flood" at the Chesapeake Energy Center site is scheduled to be complete next year.

 

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