(RICHMOND, VA)—Today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and a bipartisan group of Virginia legislators announced an agreement to clean up toxic coal ash sites along waterways in Virginia's Chesapeake Bay watershed. Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Rebecca Tomazin released the following statement.
"This agreement represents remarkable progress towards cleaning up toxic coal ash that for years has threatened public health and Virginia's waterways. Moving coal ash out of the unlined pits near our waterways is the only way to ensure hazardous metals stay out of Virginia's major rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.
"We applaud Governor Northam, Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler, and the bipartisan group of legislators supporting coal ash cleanup. This General Assembly session legislators must finally require this dangerous waste be taken care of."