Prince William is continuing to work with Dominion Virginia Power and has approved an amendment to the water treatment agreement at Possum Point.
Dominion operates Possum Point Power Plant in Dumfries, which is near Quantico Creek. The power plant previously burned coal on site to create electricity, but stopped doing so in 2003.
While the plant has stopped using coal for power generation, there are coal ash ponds on the property with coal ash byproduct that Dominion is working on disposing of.
Earlier in the year, Dominion received approval to release water from the coal ash ponds – which will go through a decontamination process – into Quantico Creek, which flows into the Potomac River.
In March the Prince William County Board of Supervisors called for additional treatment for the water before it was released into Quantico Creek, and entered into a settlement agreement with Dominion, according to a release.
According to a release, the level of contaminants in water released have been below the required state permit levels.
Dominion requested a modification to the agreement about the treatment process with the board of supervisors, which was approved by the board and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, according to a release.
“The County’s staff and outside technical experts reviewed and confirmed that the newly-approved treatment process will not have a negative impact on the treatment process or water quality, and the treatment process will continue to substantially reduce contaminant levels,” stated a release.
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