Coal Ash 17: A Panel on the Fight Against Coal Ash Wastewater Dumping in VA

Thursday, April 7 @ 7:00 PM. Monroe 346


This past January, Dominion Resources, Virginia’s largest energy provider, received permits from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to dump coal ash wastewater into the James and Potomac Rivers as part of their closure of coal ash impoundments. The issuing of these permits has resulted in widespread public outcry, as coal ash wastewater is known to contain toxic pollutants that would taint public water used by thousands of Virginians.

On March 7th, 35 students from the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition occupied The Department of Environmental Quality Headquarters in Richmond to protest these unjust permits and to call for an investigation into the illegal dumping of untreated wastewater that occurred last summer. Seventeen of those students, three of whom attend UMW, were arrested.

This issue is an example of exactly what makes divestment campaigns so important. By investing in fossil fuel companies, we are investing in the injustices perpetuated by corporations like Dominion. Come out on April 7th to hear Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, Drew Gallagher of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the three arrested UMW students speak on their experiences, as well as the ways in which environmental action in Virginia coincides with DivestUMW’s campaign.


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