The Issues Facing Virginia

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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."


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. >>

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06.30.14 - Jennings and Powell: New Chesapeake Bay Agreement Charts Restoration Vision

06.26.14 - EPA: Virginia 'on course' for bay cleanup, but must ramp up runoff reduction

06.25.14 - CB "Save the Bay" clean-up draws crowd

06.17.14 - With historic votes, Atlantic marine councils seek to protect the ocean food chain

06.16.14 - CBF Press Release: CBF Applauds Gov. McAuliffe's Commitment to New Chesapeake Bay Agreement

06.13.14 - Pax River hosts bay cleanup

06.12.14 - Clean water progress

06.11.14 - Virginia meets overall pollution reduction goals for 2013

06.11.14 - CBF Press Release: Milestone Analysis: Pollution Reduced, Agriculture and Urban Runoff Reductions Falling Short

06.11.14 - Mixed report on W.Va., Va. Chesapeake Bay efforts

06.11.14 - Virginia needs to do more faster to restore the bay, analysis shows

06.11.14 - State receives mixed marks on Bay clean-up efforts

06.09.14 - Clean the Bay day nets waste

05.28.14 - USDA seeks partners to clean up the Bay

05.28.14 - New federal farm program will help fight Chesapeake Bay pollution

04.29.14 - CBF Press Release: Battle Lines Drawn in Appeal of Bay Restoration Efforts

04.28.14 - CBF Press Release: Scott Harper, Veteran Environmental Journalist, to Find Final Rest in Chesapeake Bay Eternal Reef

04.22.14 - CBF Press Statement: CBF Issues a Statement on New Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of the Blueprint

04.21.14 - CBF Press Statement: CBF Issues Statement Following Release of Bay Grass Numbers

04.21.14 - Chesapeake Bay needs the EPA

04.18.14 - Chesapeake Bay Is Everybody's Business

04.17.14 - Federal appeals court says EPA can force power plants to cut mercury emissions

04.10.14 - Video Herring joins fight to protect the Chesapeake Bay

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