Virginia

Environmental group finds coal ash contamination in Chester

CHESTER, Va. (AP) — About a week before officials vote on a permit governing the drainage of coal ash ponds at the Chesterfield Power Station, an environmental group says local water samples contain elevated levels of lead and arsenic.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2cryiJC ) reports the James River Association and the Southern Environmental Law Center took samples at four locations around the station, which is near the Dutch Gap Conservation Area.

The State Water Control Board will vote whether to renew the permit for the coal ash ponds Sept. 22.

In a letter to Southern Environmental Law Center attorney Brad McClane, Department of Environmental Quality Director David Paylor says the results were received after the July 21 deadline for comment on the permit. He also says state law prohibits “citizen monitoring” results from being considered.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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