When local environmental groups first reported improper disposal of coal ash at Dominion’s five coal ash ponds at Possum Point Power Station in 2015, Supervisor Principi was among the first to demand protections for our people and waterways. Since then, progress has been made thanks to a coordinated effort between nonprofits such as Potomac Riverkeepers, County staff and Board members and state officials. (See highlights of a 2016 agreement, and a more recent legislative victory in Feb. 2019.) Community activism has played a large role as well, with residents from throughout the Commonwealth advocating for stronger environmental protections. A history of the issue can be traced through the stories below. You can also read The Coal Ash Problem for a better understanding of the threat posed by this fossil fuel byproduct.


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