Maryland Challenges Virginia over Dominion Coal Ash Water Plan

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Maryland is appealing a decision that allows a power company to drain treated water from coal ash ponds into a creek that flows into the Potomac River.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration asked a state judge in Richmond this week to review Virginia's approval of Dominion Virginia Power's plan to release about 215 million gallons of treated coal-ash water into Quantico Creek.

Last month, Virginia approved the utility company's plan to drain the water out of its Possum Point Power Station ponds, treat it and discharge it as part of a larger effort to comply with a nationwide Environmental Protection Agency mandate to safely dispose of coal ash.

Dominion spokesman David Botkins says in a statement that the coal ash will be safely disposed of and the groundwater will be monitored.

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