Coal Ash Solid Waste Permit Actions

After the water has been removed, the safe closure of coal ash ponds will occur under a permit issued in accordance with the Virginia’s Solid Waste Management Regulations.  The Virginia Solid Waste Management Regulations have adopted and incorporated provisions of the EPA Rule and require:

  • Review and approval of closure and installation of cap 
  • Groundwater monitoring 
  • Surface water monitoring 
  • Cost estimates and financial assurance 
  • Post-closure plan and cap maintenance 
  • Public participation process 

Public Notices

A draft solid waste permit for the Possum Point Power Station has been public noticed for January 1, 2019 to March 15, 2019. A public hearing has been scheduled for February 12, 2019.  

The draft solid waste permit includes closure by removal requirements for Ponds A,B,C, and E as well as groundwater monitoring for all coal ash ponds at the facility and surface water monitoring.  Coal ash from the A,B,C, and E Ponds has been primarily consolidated into Pond D.  The draft solid waste permit does not address closure of Pond D and its closure will be subject to a future solid waste permitting action subject to public participation.

Public Notice
Draft Permit

Draft Permit Attachments:

Closure Plan with Attachments
Groundwater Monitoring Plan
Groundwater Monitoring Plan Attachment-Tables and Drawings
Groundwater Monitoring Plan Attachment-Boring Logs
Groundwater Monitoring Plan Attachment-Groundwater Monitoring Well Specifications and Well Guidance

 

A draft solid waste permit for the Bremo Power Station has been public noticed for January 3, 2019 to March 6, 2019. A public hearing has been scheduled for February 5, 2019.  

The draft solid waste permit includes closure by removal requirements for the East and West as well as groundwater monitoring for all coal ash ponds at the facility and surface water monitoring.  Coal ash from the East and West Pond has been and is continuing to be consolidated into the North Pond.  The draft solid waste permit does not address closure of the North Pond and its closure will be subject to a future solid waste permitting action subject to public participation.

Public Notice
Draft Permit

Draft Permit Attachments:

Closure Plan with Attachments
Groundwater Monitoring Plan
Groundwater Monitoring Plan Attachment-Tables and Drawings
Groundwater Monitoring Plan Attachment-Boring Logs
Groundwater Monitoring Plan Attachment-Groundwater Monitoring Well Specifications and Well Guidance

Permitting Documents

These documents are submittals received by DEQ and review letters issued in response to submittals related to pond closures at Bremo Bluff, Chesterfield and Possum Point power stations. It is important to note that these review and application documents are not final permitting documents and are not draft permit documents. As draft permits are developed, they will be posted above in the Public Notices section above. As new review documents become available, they will be posted on specific facility pages: Bremo BluffChesapeake, Chesterfield and Possum Point .

Public Participation Process

The Public Participation Process for the permitting related to these ponds will have different opportunities for public involvement

  • Public Notice-Once a draft permit has been prepared, a public notice will be published. This public notice will be available in the newspaper covering the area of the facility and made available through other avenues including on this page below. The public notice will announce the availability of the draft permit, the date and time of public participation opportunities including informational sessions and the public hearing, and the procedures and deadline for submitting comments.
  • Public Comment Period-The public comment period identified in the public notice is the opportunity to provide specific comments about the pending permit actions for DEQ to consider prior to any final permitting decision. Comments can be submitted in writing in accordance with the public notice or verbally at the public hearing described below. A Guide to Effective Public Comments provides more information about commenting.
  • Informational Session-After a draft permit is completed, an informational session will be scheduled. This session will provide the opportunity for individuals to learn more about the specific permit and public participation process and ask questions.
  • Informational Briefing-Before the public hearing begins, an informational briefing will take place. This briefing will provide an overview of the permit and the public participation process. DEQ staff will also be available to answer questions prior to the public hearing.
  • Public Hearing-A public hearing will be scheduled in the locality where the facility is located. The public hearing is the formal process to provide verbal comments on the pending permit. It is important to note that during the public hearing, DEQ staff cannot answer questions about the permit; the hearing is solely for the receipt of comments. Those who have questions should attend the informational session or briefing or separately submit their questions to DEQ staff contact person in the public notice.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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