Virginia OKs coal ash wastewater dumping at power plant

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Regulators have given the thumbs up to a Dominion Virginia Power plan to daily dump millions of gallons of treated coal ash wastewater from a northern Virginia power plant into Quantico Creek.

Minutes after the State Water Control Board approved the permit Thursday, opponents said they planned to challenge the action in court. They contend the so-called dewatering at Possum Point Power Station in Dumfries would harm spawning striped bass and other aquatic life.

The board accepted the recommendation of state environmental officials. They said they added more stringent controls and that dewatering would not harm aquatic life in Quantico Creek and the nearby Potomac River.

The board is also conducting a separate hearing on coal ash discharges from a Fluvanna County plant into the James River.

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