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Public Comment on Solid Waste Permit Now through March 10, 2017

In March 2016, Dominion Virginia Power and the Prince  William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) agreed to terms for better protecting our waterways as Dominion closes its five coal ash ponds at Possum Point. The agreement has six major provisions, including enhanced collaboration with County officials in development of the solid waste permit, the next phase in closing the coal ash ponds.

The public comment period is January 13 – March 10, 2017.

At 7 p.m. on January 26, the Department of Environmental Quality will host an information briefing on the proposed permit at Potomac Senior High School, 3401 Panther Pride Drive, Dumfries; snow date is February 2.

The local public hearing is February 16 at 7 p.m., also at Potomac High. A DEQ information session will be held at Potomac prior to the hearing; snow date February 23.

How to Comment: DEQ accepts comments by hand-delivery, e-mail, fax or mail. Comments must include the name, address and telephone number of the person commenting and be received within the comment period. DEQ also accepts written and oral comments at the public hearing. Submit comments as follows:

  • Email:
  • Mail/In-person: Richard Doucette, Land Protection Manager; Virginia DEQ, Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court, Woodbridge, VA 22193
  • Fax: (703) 583-3821
  • Questions? Call 703-583- 3813

The meeting will provide information on a proposed solid waste permit that regulates the closure of the coal ash ponds. The closure of these ponds is necessitated by final coal ash regulations that were approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. The proposed permit addresses the closure of coal ash Pond D, which is closing in place, including the capping and post-closure care. The proposed solid waste permit also covers the remaining coal ash ponds, which are being closed through removal.

Additional proposed permit requirements include groundwater monitoring and surface water monitoring. The information session is not part of the required public participation process for any solid waste permitting actions associated with the closure. The meeting is intended to supplement the solid waste permit process and to allow the public an opportunity to ask DEQ questions during the official public comment period. Comments made during the January 26 information meeting will not be part of the official public comment record on any of the required permit actions.

Information about the meeting or the proposed permit is available from Richard Doucette at (703) 583-3813 or by email,