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Dominion debuts clean technology at Possum Point

Dominion Virginia Power opened up Possum Point Power Station for a media tour at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3.

The tour showed how the water cleaning technology works to treat and test coal ash water before it is released into Quantico Creek.

“The process you will see goes above and beyond federal and state regulations in treating and testing of the coal ash water before being released into Quantico Creek. Dominion did its first water release at Bremo Power Station last Wednesday, April 27. A very similar process will occur at Possum Point,” the press invitation from Dominion read.

Dominion plans on closing and capping its coal ash ponds at the 650-acre power station by 2018. On March 8, Dominion and the Prince William Board of County Supervisors reached a settlement regarding discharge of water from the ponds.

In the settlement, Dominion agreed to water quality testing by a third party, state certified lab. The results from the hourly testing will be available online.

Coal ash ponds across the country and the state are being closed for safety reasons following two major ash spills in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Coal hasn’t been burned at Possum Point since 2003. The ash is mixed with water and is kept in five ponds at the station.

To close the ponds, ash will be removed from four of the five ponds, water will be drained from the fifth and sealed in place with a barrier cap.

The cap will keep rainwater from reaching the ash. Dominion will test and monitor the sites for safety in the years to come.
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