Virginia coal ash cleanup now law

SELC Attorney Nate Benforado was at Dominion Energy’s Possum Point Power Station last week for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s official signing of a landmark coal ash bill. The new law, developed with considerable input from SELC, requires the utility to clean up more than 28 million tons of toxic coal ash currently stored in leaking ponds across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (© Julia Rendleman)

SELC worked with a broad coalition from across Virginia to develop the coal ash legislation over several years. These partners included, from left to right, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, represented by Senior Policy Advisor Trieste Lockwood, Mike Town, Executive Director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, SELC's Benforado, Potomac Riverkeeper's Vice President of Programs and Litigation Phillip Musegaas, Virginia Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, James River Association Policy Analyst Anna Killius, and Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks (Potomac Riverkeeper).

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