Coal Ash in Virginia

Despite the abundant evidence of groundwater contamination by coal ash in Virginia and the long history of spills and mismanagement of dams, state regulations have serious gaps that heighten the risk of future harm from coal ash.

Acres of coal ash with a plant in the background

Coal Ash Pollution in Virginia

There are twelve active coal ash ponds and eight active coal ash landfills in Virginia. Eight additional large coal ash ponds in Virginia are no longer being used for ash disposal but sit idle, full of toxic sludge, on Virginia’s waterways.

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Sprinkler at a coal ash disposal site. Photo credit: bibiphoto / Shutterstock
March 10, 2016

In January the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) issued Dominion Power two permits to drain over 300 million gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Potomac and James River.