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Protect Virginia’s Waterways from Toxic Coal Ash

Coal ash, waste produced when coal is burned for energy, contains many known carcinogenic and neurotoxic chemicals, including a variety of concentrated heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury and selenium. Tell your legislators our water needs better protections from coal ash.

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Act Now to Stop the Dumping of Raw Sewage Into the Potomac!

Clean Water Action, working with partners and local communities, is advocating for legislation (SB818) that will help eliminate the Commonwealth’s last major source of untreated sewage dumping into the Potomac River watershed. Take Action! Tell your legislators to support this important legislation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tackling Stormwater Runoff in Loudoun

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

Fairfax County Leadership Needed to Fight Climate Change

February 14, 2017

The economic and social impact of climate change on our communities cannot be understated.

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Virginia’s Last Major Source of Untreated Sewage Dumping

January 11, 2017

The City of Alexandria is dumping raw sewage into our waterways - and has been for more than 40 years.

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Northern Virginia Voters are Vital to the Fight to Protect Clean Water

August 26, 2016

This is why elections matter. Clean Water Action engages a voters throughout Northern Virginia to turn out and vote. And then hold their elected official accountable.