Federal Coal Ash Lawsuit Begins in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A trial is set to begin in a legal battle over more than 3 million tons of coal ash piled along the Elizabeth River.

Media outlets report the Sierra Club’s federal lawsuit against Dominion Virginia Power will go to trial Tuesday.

The Sierra Club has asked that Dominion be ordered to remove the ash at its Chesapeake Energy Center. It says Dominion is violating the federal Clean Water Act because arsenic and other substances are leaching from the ash into groundwater and then into the Elizabeth River.

Dominion wants to keep ash on site. It says the Sierra Club’s claims that pollutants from the ash are leaking into the river are unfounded. It also says a corrective action plan gas resulted in “generally stable or declining” arsenic levels in groundwater.

The trial is expected to last into next week.

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