Dominion Virginia Power’s coal ash controversy heads to federal court

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Dominion Virginia Power’s coal ash controversy continues, and it’s going all the way to federal court Tuesday morning.

The lawsuit against Dominion was filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) after claims Dominion violated the Clean Water Act.

For years, power companies burned coal to create energy and discarded the ash into a pond. It’s a practice that Dominion Virginia Power has stopped, and now by law, the company must close inactive ponds.

Dominion released plans to bury coal ash with a “cap and cover” solution, but the SELC argues the coal ash should be moved to dry and lined storage facilities away from waterways.

According to reports, the plan would happen in Chesterfield, Fluvanna County, Prince William County, and Chesapeake.

There have been protests throughout the year and fears about toxins getting into Virginia’s waterways.

In April, Dominion invited 8News to one of its facilities to get a behind-the-scenes look.

The trial begins Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the federal court building in Richmond.

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