Environmental officials brief residents on coal ash plan

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LEBANON, Va. (AP) -- State environmental officials are briefing residents in southwest Virginia on a proposed permitting of the discharge of waste water from coal ash ponds at a power plant in Russell County.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled an informational meeting for Wednesday in Lebanon on the Clinch River plant operated by Appalachian Power Co.

The session will focus on the proposed reissuance of an environmental permit for the plant. The permit would also address wastewater discharges from the closure of coal ash impoundments.

Virginia's largest utility, Dominion Virginia Power, has stirred protests of its plans to begin so-called dewatering its Possum Point Power Station in Dumfries. It also plans to dewater at coal ponds at its Bremo plant in Fluvanna County.

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