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Coal Ash Pollution in Virginia

There are twelve active coal ash ponds and eight active coal ash landfills in Virginia. Eight additional large coal ash ponds in Virginia are no longer being used for ash disposal but sit idle, full of toxic sludge, on Virginia’s waterways.

Aerial View of Chesapeake. Photo credit: Chris Goldberg / Creative Commons - Flickr

What is NoVA Healthy Communities?

We partner with local, grassroots members to educate and empower, sharing information on key issues, helping connect residents with their elected officials.

A coal ash dump. Photo Credit: Nenad Zivkovic / Shutterstock

Protect the Potomac and James Rivers Toxic Coal Ash

In January the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) issued Dominion Power two permits to drain over 300 million gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Potomac and James River.

Stormwater runoff. Photo credit: bibiphoto / Shutterstock

Tackling Stormwater Runoff in Loudon

One of the most widespread and rampant sources of pollution in NoVA tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay is urban and suburban stormwater runoff from hard and impervious surfaces like streets, roofs and parking lots.

From We All Live Downstream

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Reflections on Earth Day

April 22, 2016

The first Earth Day helped drag us kicking and screaming into realizing that we were destroying this planet that sustains us.  Still, too many people think of “the Earth” as an esoteric concern.

Sprinkler at a coal ash disposal site. Photo credit: bibiphoto / Shutterstock

Virginia Gives Dominion a Free Pass to Pollute

March 10, 2016

In January the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) issued Dominion Power two permits to drain over 300 million gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Potomac and James River.

Street drain, stormwater runoff. Photo credit: Abramov Timur / Shutterstock

Supporting Local Solutions to Stormwater Pollution

February 24, 2016

Northern Virginia is facing increasingly stressed drinking water supplies.