Coal ash; treatment by utilities, recycling. (SB1383)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Coal ash; treatment by utilities; recycling. Requires electric utilities to recycle as much of their stored coal ash as is imported into the Commonwealth each year, on a pro rata basis. The bill directs the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the State Water Control Board (the Board) to include in any permit authorizing the storage of coal ash a requirement that the utility treat an amount of its coal ash equal to its share of the total amount of coal ash in Virginia multiplied by the amount of ash that is imported that year for use in concrete or other products. The bill authorizes each utility to recover its treatment costs from its ratepayers while requiring the utility to make an effort to sell the treated coal ash. Finally, the bill directs the Department of Transportation to enter into a memorandum of understanding with DEQ as required to permit the transportation and treatment of coal ash. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102837D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/19/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1383)
02/02/2017Stricken at request of Patron in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Mary Jacobs writes:

Considering the most recent reports show arsenic at 400times the accepted level and aluminum and chromium and lead and boron all in the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, I implore the legislatures to do what's right and pass this in order to secure clean drinking water and support efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.