Time to Act! Virginia Needs to Pass Bills for Safe Disposal of Coal Ash!

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First, thank you for your help this past week -- your calls and personal emails really made a difference! Virginia Senators said the response on coal ash was overwhelming because you picked up the phone to demand that Dominion clean up its toxic coal ash! But our work isn't done! Lawmakers are not saying why they moved four of the coal ash bills, SB 708, 765, 766, and 767, to a new committee but we know why! Dominion pressured lawmakers to refer all the coal ash bills to the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor whose members are not as friendly to our cause to make Dominion clean up the 28 million tons of toxic coal ash! There are now 6 coal ash bills being held hostage in a committee that does not have the expertise or understanding to review these important bills.

We need you to contact Senators urging them to refer the bills back to the Senate Agriculture Committee or pass all six coal ash bills! Please call members of the Commerce and Labor Committee, particularly Senators Black, Cosgrove, Dance, and Sturtevant right away. The C & L Committee may start considering these bills as early as Monday and we're hoping that we can, with your great help, get them referred back to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee where they belong!

Passage of these bills is absolutely critical to ensure that the pollution and public health threat posed by Dominion’s coal ash ponds are addressed. I can’t express how important it is to TAKE ACTION NOW! Use the form on the right to send an email today! Without your help, these bills may die in the Commerce and Labor Committee and we, future generations of Virginians, and our precious rivers will suffer the consequences.

I've listed the contact information for the members of the Commerce and Labor Committee but we are urging you to pick up the phone and call right now, one or all four members who represent counties impacted by coal ash!

You can say "I’m calling/writing you to either support the following bills that will insure proper and safe disposal of toxic coal ash away from our rivers and drinking water sources or send them back to the Senate Ag Committee where they belong!"

  • SB708: Coal combustion residuals unit; DEQ to require closure
  • SB765: Coal Ash Ponds; Mandatory testing of drinking water wells
  • SB766: Citizen Water Monitoring; use as evidence in enforcement actions
  • SB767: Coal ash ponds; mandates coal ash recycling & safe closure
  • SB768: Electric utilities; recovery of costs associated with closure in place of coal ash facilities
  • SB807: Electric utilities; rate adjustment clause costs of coal ash beneficiation facility

I know I can count on you – and your fellow Virginians are, too! Please call today and use the form on the right to send an email today! We have also provided emails and phone numbers of committee members if you want to make a personal call or send a direct email.

Senate Commerce and Labor The entire membership is also below, but the four most critical are Senators Black, Cosgrove, Dance, and Sturtevant.

RichardStuartdistrict28@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7528Commerce
MarkObenshaindistrict26@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7526Commerce
WilliamStanleydistrict20@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7520Commerce
RichardBlackdistrict13@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7513 Commerce
BenChafindistrict38@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7538Commerce
RosalynDancedistrict16@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7516Commerce
FrankWagnerdistrict07@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7507Commerce
LucasLouisedistrict18@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7514Commerce
RichardSaslawdistrict35@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7535Commerce
RyanMcDougledistrict04@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7504Commerce
ThomasNormentdistrict03@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7503Commerce
JohnCosgrovedistrict14@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7514Commerce
StephenNewmandistrict23@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7523Commerce
GlenSturtevantdistrict10@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7510Commerce
LionellSpruilldistrict05@senate.virginia.gov(804) 698-7505Commerce

Some other material which may be helpful to you is this useful summary, describing all the bills, from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. It also gives you good points you can use in your phone calls or emails. And this summary is what PRKN has prepared to inform you about why we think coal ash recycling is the best path forward and how we rebut Dominion’s assessment of cap-in-place. See everything we have to say about coal ash, and why cap-in-place doesn’t work, on our website. Here also is a link to a recent story about the existing demand by concrete manufacturers for Virginia’s coal ash and, for members who need some facts and figures, a fact sheet by Duke Energy, of all companies, about how recycling lowers costs for consumers compared to disposal in a new location.

Let’s kick some ash! (out of our water!)  Forward this to 5 friends who care about the environment, public health and our rivers.

Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper

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Will you help us keep the pressure on our elected officials to do the right thing by making a donation today? You made it possible for us to get this far.