Tell the EPA: It’s time to Hold Dominion Accountable!
Last spring, Dominion secretly dumped nearly 30 million gallons of untreated coal ash wastewater into Quantico Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.
At the time, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) denied any knowledge of the dumping. When news reports exposed the truth eight months later, DEQ claimed the dumping was done legally under existing storm water runoff permits. But experts in Virginia don’t agree.
Meanwhile, Dominion applied for -- and received -- lax permits from Virginia’s DEQ and State Water Control Board that allow the company to dump a half billion more gallons of coal ash wastewater into the James River and Quantico Creek. We’ve since learned that DEQ Director David Paylor accepted lavish gifts from Dominion, the very utility he is tasked with regulating.
If we can't trust the state regulators whose job it is to protect our clean water, then we need the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to intervene.
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Petition to the U.S. EPA:
I urge the U.S. EPA to launch a criminal investigation into Dominion Virginia Power’s toxic coal ash dumping into Quantico Creek in May 2015. Virginia’s biggest utility isn’t above the law. The company can and must be held accountable.