Coal Ash VPDES Permit Actions

Discharge permits for the removal of water from coal ash ponds follow the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) regulations. For the Bremo and Possum Point power stations:

  • All discharges must meet effluent limits, which ensure that Virginia’s water quality standards are met. 
  • These limits protect human health, aquatic life and all beneficial uses of the water.
  • The water quality standards include a built-in margin of safety.
  • A discharge must cease if an effluent limit is exceeded. 
  • A maximum flow rate is established that limits the amount of water that can be discharged each day.
  • Monitoring of the effluent is conducted three times a week. 
  • A conceptual engineering report, which details how the water will be treated and monitored, is required. 

Dominion Bremo Bluff

Dominion Possum Point

APCO - Clinch River

Dominion Chesapeake Energy Center

The Department of Environmental Quality public noticed the public comment period and public hearing for a draft Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit and a draft solid waste permit on June 3, and June 8, 2016, (respectively) addressing the Dominion-Chesapeake Energy Center, located at 2701 Vepco Street, Chesapeake, VA.

Please be advised that Dominion has withdrawn the application to modify their VPDES permit indicating that dewatering of the pond will no longer result in the need to discharge to state waters. In addition, Dominion has requested that processing of the draft solid waste permit be suspended. Alternative options for the pond closure, which may result in the need to revise the permit application, are under consideration by the company.

Thank you for your participation in the permitting process.

Dominion Chesterfield Power Station

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


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