In response to Prince William County’s request that Dominion Virginia Power conduct further assessments before initiating the second phase of its coal ash pond closures, Dominion sent the County a copy of its letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe, regarding his proposed amendments to SB 1398. The letter affirms that Dominion is taking the steps outlined in these amendments, which address the County’s primary concerns as well. County Supervisors will continue our dialogue with Dominion, state agencies and environmental groups to protect the health of our residents and waterways. Thank you to all of the citizens who lent their voices to this effort. You have been heard!
Dear Governor McAuliffe,
In working diligently to ensure the safe, permanent closure of coal ash surface impoundments, Dominion has undertaken an unprecedented effort to reach out to local governments, residents, elected officials, environmental experts and other stakeholders on our plans.
Dominion has carefully reviewed the proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1398. Since the General Assembly approval of this legislation earlier this year, Dominion has already initiated the process of identifying a qualified entity experienced in coal ash solid waste management to conduct individual assessments of the Dominion coal combustion residuals (CCR) surface impoundments at the Possum Point, Bremo Bluff, Chesterfield, and Chesapeake power stations. We share your commitment to ensuring that management of these facilities is done in an informed and thoughtful manner. The assessments provide an opportunity for potentially valuable input as Dominion undertakes the next steps in meeting our obligations with regard to these sites.
We find the schedule to complete the assessments by December 1, 2017 required in the proposed amendments to be consistent with the timeframe for complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Coal Combustion Residuals rule. We concur that it is a prudent course of action to seek and consider an evaluation of the assessments on the appropriate closure methods based on the individual features of each site before seeking necessary solid waste permits. The assessments will help to ensure the long-term protection of public health, the environment and the safety of the individual CCR units. As a result, Dominion finds the proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1398 to be workable and is committed to completing the site assessments before pursuing solid waste permits regardless of the outcome of the legislation.
We appreciate your efforts and those of your administration and the professional staff at the Department of Environmental Quality as you evaluate closure methods that keep our communities safe and protect Virginia’s natural resources.
Thomas F. Farrell II
Chairman, President & CEO, Dominion Resources, Inc.