Coal ash ponds; well monitoring program, drinking water well testing near ponds. (HB1642)

Introduced By

Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge) with support from 17 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Coal ash ponds; well monitoring program; drinking water well testing. Requires each utility, defined in the bill as the owner or operator of a coal ash pond, to commission an independent well water test on behalf of the owner of any well located within 1.5 miles of such coal ash pond by January 1, 2021, and requires such test to be conducted once per year during each of the five years following the approval of the closure of the coal ash pond and once every five years thereafter. The bill provides that if any test exceeds groundwater quality standards for constituents associated with coal ash, the Virginia Waste Management Board shall instruct the utility to provide alternative water supplies to the owner of the well. The bill requires the Department of Environmental Quality to consider the results of the tests in its permitting, monitoring, or enforcement proceedings. Read the Bill »


02/25/2020: passed committee


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104491D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/20/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1642)
02/05/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107354D-H1
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107354D-H1
02/07/2020Amendment by Delegate Ayala agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1642EH1
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20107354D-EH1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (75-Y 23-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (75-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1642EH1)
02/25/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20108948D-S1
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)


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 1 minute.

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