Coal ash ponds; definitions, testing private wells and public water supply wells, etc. (HB1641)

Introduced By

Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge) with support from 27 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville), Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Coal ash ponds; private wells and public water supply wells; resident notification. Requires a utility, defined in the bill as the owner or operator of a coal ash pond in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, to complete a survey of all private wells and public water supply wells within 1.5 miles of each of its ponds by October 1, 2020, and to notify residents via mail and a local newspaper posting that the survey will be conducted. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104490D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/20/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1641)
01/31/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20106955D-H1
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106955D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1641H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (75-Y 24-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (75-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1641H1)
02/25/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20108966D-S1
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108966D-S1
02/28/2020Passed by for the day
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1641S1)
03/02/2020Read third time
03/02/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1641S1
03/02/2020Passed Senate with substitute (32-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Placed on Calendar
03/03/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108966D-S1 (73-Y 23-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: Adoption (73-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1641ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1641ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 625 (effective 7/1/20)
04/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0625)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 45 seconds.