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Judge denies Dominion’s request to dismiss coal ash lawsuit

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge says a coal ash lawsuit against Dominion Virginia Power can move forward.

U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson denied Dominion’s request to dismiss the Sierra Club’s lawsuit on Friday.

The lawsuit says coal ash ponds at the site of a former power plant in Chesapeake are leaking arsenic and other contaminants into groundwater and the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River. The lawsuit seeks the removal of coal ash stored at the site.

Dominion spokesman Dan Genest told The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1Y1Sim1 ) that the company remains confident in the merits of its position.

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit in March on behalf of the Sierra Club. Law center attorney Deborah Murray told the newspaper that the Sierra Club is pleased with the judge’s decision.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

 

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