(RICHMOND, VA)—The Virginia General Assembly today passed legislation to ensure proper cleanup of four toxic coal ash sites along waterways in Virginia's Chesapeake Bay watershed. Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Rebecca Tomazin released the following statement.
"Finally, Virginia is on the right path towards cleaning up the toxic coal ash that has long threatened public health and our waterways. Moving coal ash out of risky unlined pits will keep dangerous pollution out of Virginia's major rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.
"The passage of this legislation represents years of hard work by concerned residents, conservation groups, and elected officials. Thank you to Virginia's legislators, the conservation community, Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler, and Dominion Energy for their support for this historic agreement. We look forward to the governor signing the bill."