Dominion, James River Association settle on coal ash water

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Virginia Power and the James River Association have reached a settlement on the discharge of treated coal ash wastewater into the James from a Dominion power plant in Fluvanna County.

Under an agreement announced Wednesday, Dominion said it will use enhanced treatments for the coal ash wastewater and conduct fish tissue monitoring.

The Southern Environmental Law Center had sought those additional measures. The environmental law group represents the James River Association.

The settlement means the association will not pursue a legal challenge of the state permit allowing the discharges.

A separate challenge will stand, however, involving the Possum Point plant in northern Virginia. The Potomac River Keeper and the SELC are pushing for strong protections for Quantico Creek and the Potomac River.

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