Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Coal Ash at Dominion Energy's Possum Point Power Plant


Originally at the Possum Point Power Plant, there were five ponds (A, B, C, D & E) that held coal ash when the plant operated using coal. Coal ash was removed from ponds A, B, C & E and placed in pond D. 

Four million cubic yards of coal ash remain in pond D and Dominion Energy is required by state law to remove all the coal ash as follows:

“Beneficially reusing some or all of the coal ash through a recycling process located on or off-site”, and/or “Disposing of some or all of the coal ash in a new, modern and fully permitted landfill, which includes a composite liner and is located on or off-site.”

Potomac District Supervisor Bailey and Dominion Energy held a virtual meeting on January 20, 2022. Dominion presented four disposal options as follows: on-site landfill; recycle ash (50%) by rail with remainder to landfill by truck; recycle ash (50%) by rail with remainder to landfill by rail; rail—all ash to offsite landfill.

Potomac District Supervisor Bailey has set up a Task Force with citizens and other interested parties to make sure the community is aware of the alternatives and has input before a decision is made. A final report from Task Force is due on April 27.

A community meeting in person and/or virtual is planned with Dominion Energy and Potomac District Supervisor Bailey on April 4 at the new Potomac Shores Middle School. Time to be determined. Further information to follow.

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