RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Virginia Senate passed legislation by Senator Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)SB 1398, to protect Virginia's air and drinking water while creating jobs on a 29-11 vote.
Said Senator Surovell, "Communities are starting to recognize the true extent of the problems associated with coal ash pollution now that environmental regulators are working towards implementing EPA's closure rules.  This legislation is the first step to equip Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality with the tools necessary to clean up coal ash, protect Virginia's groundwater and rivers, and create Virginia jobs.  Today's vote also demonstrates that clean water is not a partisan issue.  I appreciate Agriculture Chairman Richard Stuart's support on this bill and consistent vigilance for Virginia's rivers."
Said Senator Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax), "We have had some evidence that elements of the coal ash have reacted with ground water in unanticipated ways and have potentially contaminated local wells. I am pleased that Dominion has addressed those concerns by hooking families up to public water but it just goes to show that we are not certain as to the potential future harm that even capped ponds can potentially create."

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