Coal Ash meeting Monday night at Potomac Shores Middle School to discuss closing toxic ponds

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On Monday April 4, 2022, Dominion Energy will hold a meeting to discuss the closure of the toxic coal ash ponds near Dumfries.

The meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Potomac Shores Middle School, 17851 Woods View Drive near Dumfries. Dominion Energy tells us Prince William County Potomac District Supervisor Andrea Bailey will share a live stream of the meeting.

In January, Dominion presented details of a $347 million landfill that will be built at the Possum Point Power Station, the site of the toxic pools. Dominion would install a double liner system in the proposed landfill to hold the coal ash in place forever and take eight years to build.

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Dominion is required by law to remove combustible coal residues from its ash ponds; Possum Point has stored four million cubic meters of toxic coal ash in its ponds that will need to be disposed of.

Then-Governor. Ralph Northam signed this law in 2019, requiring the safe disposal of more than 27 million cubic meters of coal ash spread over four sites across Virginia.

Prior to becoming a gas-fired power plant, Possum Point burned coal to generate electricity from the late 1940s to 2003. Coal ash in the toxic by-product left after the coal was burned.

Dominion favors the landfill option and says other coal ash disposal options, such as recycling or transportation by truck or rail, would cost approximately $1.2 billion and take 10 to 12 years to dispose of the ashes. No timeline has been set for the creation of the release if approved.

In December, Potomac Local News reported that Washington commanders were considering Possum Point and Potomac Shores as possible homes for its new football stadium.

Potomac Shores, the neighborhood that caught the franchise’s attention, is said to be seven miles from the coal ash landfill proposed by Dominion Energy.

Discussion was also made on the possibility of extending the blue or yellow line of the subway from Fairfax to Woodbridge. This possible option was discussed by Prince William County transportation authorities as recently as November 2021. The project was estimated to cost $30 million to build.

Commanders plan to decide on his move before 2026 or 2027.

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