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Dominion plan to store coal ash at Possum Point questioned

More than 150 people crowded into a high school cafeteria in Virginia’s Prince William County late last week to voice concerns to state regulators about allowing a power plant near the Potomac River to permanently store coal ash in place. Environmental groups and state legislators also have complained the process to close longstanding coal ash impoundments is moving too quickly, with a lack of public information about how such decisions might impact local water quality and human health.

Dominion Virginia Power got approval from the state last year to drain treated water from a large ash storage lagoon at the Possum Point Power Station, which stopped burning coal for power in 2003. The company wants to store the ash permanently at the bottom of the impoundment after covering it with layers of earth and impermeable plastic. Company officials have said those layers will prevent rainfall from seeping into the ash and leaching heavy metals into the groundwater or nearby streams. 

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