July 15, 2017

Coal ash still a challenge

Coal cars
Dominion Energy will be dealing with the coal ash residue from a few of their coal-burning power plants for quite some time. A federal judge this week ordered them to monitor the fish, clams and crabs for any contamination from the seeping coal ash ponds that has been going on for years. it seems that the sediment in the Elizabeth River may not be so pristine. And this monitoring must continue for two years.

Also, Dominion must apply for new permits from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to determine how coal ash must be handled in the future. And that does NOT mean capping it in place.

"Clean coal" still remains an elusive goal. Or an "alternative fact."