The Issues Facing Hampton Roads

Commercial menhaden harvesting. Photo by John Surrick/CBF StaffCommercial menhaden harvesting. Photo by John Surrick/CBF Staff

Map showing location of proposed ODEC power plant. Lucidity Information DesignMap showing location of proposed ODEC power plant. Lucidity Information Design

Plans for ODEC's Proposed Cypress Creek Coal Plant Suspended

On August 8, 2012 it was announced that plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Surry County had been suspended. According to statements, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) asked the Army Corps of Engineers to cease the permitting process needed for the plant to proceed. CBF hopes ODEC officials stand true to these statements. If they do, it will be a great win for the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams and the citizens of Hampton Roads who have so vigorously opposed the facility.

As proposed, the plant would have been the largest coal-fired power plant in Virginia and, by ODEC's own accounts, emit millions of pounds of nitrogen oxides (smog-causing chemicals) and carbon dioxide (a major greenhouse gas), as well as soot, mercury, lead, benzene, and other toxic air pollutants.

Read the CBF report, "A Coal Plant's Drain on Health and Wealth," which explains the impact ODEC's plant would have had if the plant had been built.

Numerous human health organizations, environmental groups, nearby localities, and hundreds of local citizens have publicly opposed the plant due to its likely harmful environmental, economic, and human health impacts on the Hampton Roads region. CBF broadly applauds their unyielding opposition.

ODEC's continued ownership of the property where the plant was proposed and changes in local zoning authority from Sussex County, Surry County, and the Town of Dendron, leave unresolved questions about what will happen next. CBF hopes that a usage of the property can be found that can benefit both the economy and environment of the region. 

For now, we are grateful for this apparent victory! CBF will continue to closely monitor any future permitting actions associated with the property.

See the sidebar for more information and read our report, "A Coal Plant's Drain on Health and Wealth."

Agriculture

Farm fields. Photo courtesy NRCS MarylandWhat role do farms and agricultural production play in the health of our waters? Learn more

Chemical Contamination

An osprey in its nest in the James River right next to a chemical plant. Photo © Krista Schlyer/iLCP.Toxic chemicals are entering our waters every day. What can we do about them? Learn more

Land Use

Sprawl development. Photo copyright Nikki DavisWhen the watershed's land summers from pollution and poor management so, too, does the water. Learn how

Sewage & Septic Systems

Easton Utilities sewage treatment plant. Photo courtesy City of EastonUpgrading wastewater treatment is key to cleaning up the Bay. Learn more

Stormwater Runoff

Residential stormwater runoff. Photo copyright 2010 Krista Schlyer/iLCPDid you know that stormwater runoff is the fastest growing source of Bay pollution? Learn more

Find out what other issues are affecting the health of the Bay. >>

In the News

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04.11.15 - Good Samaritans help find Chesapeake Bay oyster floats

04.11.15 - Virginia's aquaculture oyster, clam harvests set records

04.05.15 - Tangier oystermen thank those who helped them recover lost oyster cages

04.03.15 - Good Samaritans help recover lost Tangier oyster cages

04.02.15 - VCU Rice Rivers Center partners with Charlottesville restaurants in oyster restoration program

04.02.15 - Hampton Roads shows 'Environmental Excellence'

04.01.15 - CBF Press Release CBF Starts Clock to Meet Living Building Challenge

04.01.15 - CBF Press Statement Chesapeake Bay Foundation Honored to Receive Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

03.31.15 - Natural Bridge conservation fund receives gold award from Gov. Terry McAuliffe

03.31.15 - Pleasure House point environmental center wins award

03.30.15 - CBF Press Release Volunteers Sought to Plant Native Trees, Shrubs, at CBF Brock Center at Pleasure House Point

03.24.15 - Reports: PA, VA must add to, strengthen animal agriculture programs

03.18.15 - Hopewell plant to help stem pollution

03.16.15 - Free breakfast workshop to discuss conservation programs

03.14.15 - Q&A with Chesapeake Bay Foundation scientist Chris Moore

03.11.15 - Video The Brock Environmental Center is Alive

03.09.15 - Audio available Cleaning Chesapeake "Investments Toward a Huge Clean Water Payoff"

03.06.15 - Oyster cages from Tangier adrift in Chesapeake Bay

03.05.15 - Hard winter sets oyster-growing cages adrift in Chesapeake Bay

03.04.15 - CBF Press Release CBF Commends Runoff Permits for Henrico, Fairfax, But Calls for Mandatory Benchmarks and Monitoring

02.26.15 - Virginia receives federal grant to advance Chesapeake Bay cleanup

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