Environmentalists against company’s plans to dump 3m tons of coal ash

Environmentalists against company’s plans to dump 3m tons of coal ash

Environmentalists in the Virginia are fighting against a plan by Dominion Virginia Power to permanently store more than 3 million tons of coal ash along the Elizabeth River in the south eastern part of the state.

City Manager Jim Baker joined others on Monday to speak against the company's plans.Baker said at a public hearing at City Hall that the company's plans will put Chesapeake residents at risk of "potentially astronomical costs to remediate future environmental contamination should there be a catastrophic event or natural disaster at this site."

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality had organised forums to take comments to on permits that are being drafted for Dominion to permanently store the coal ash at its Chesapeake Energy Center along the river's Southern Branch. At the two talking events, no one spoke in favour of the company's proposals other than its own officials.

Those against the plan said accused the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality of letting the company off easily and also to restrict the city's role in the matter.Dominion appealed a Chesapeake Board of Zoning Appeals ruling in the previous year asking for a conditional-use permit for its plan.

The mayor said that the case, scheduled to be heard in Circuit Court on Oct. 11, is unresolved and urged the DEQ not to issue permits.

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