BLUE RIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE LEAGUE
PO Box 88 ~
Glendale Springs, North Carolina 28629 ~ Phone
(336) 982-2691 ~ Fax (336) 982-2954 ~ Email:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 5, 2007
Louis Zeller 336-982-2691 (office) 336-977-0852
Elena Day 434-296-2494
John Cruickshank 434-973-0373
GROUPS FILE LEGAL
CHALLENGE TO NORTH ANNA WATER PERMIT
Today two environmental groups announced that they
have mounted a legal challenge of the Department of
Environmental Qualitys water permit granted to
Dominion-Virginia Powers North Anna nuclear
station. Last week the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense
League and the Peoples Alliance for Clean Energy
filed a Notice of Appeal to the Circuit Court for the
City of Richmond stating that the issuance of the permit
was arbitrary, capricious and failed to protect state
water quality standards.
The November 28th notice stated: Appellants
challenge the DEQs recommendation and the Boards
decision to re-issue this permit in its current form and
will challenge the legal and factual bases for the Boards
case decision as contrary to law.
The situation is a violation of the Clean Water
Act, said Elena Day of Peoples Alliance for Clean
Energy (PACE). She continued, It is the
responsibility of Virginia DEQ to protect its citizens,
not foster Dominions noncompliance with the law.
DEQs permit granted Dominion a variance which
allows the nuclear plants wastewater heat discharge
to exceed water quality standards. Louis Zeller,
representing the League, said, Our members and
others living near Lake Anna are entitled to equal
protection. They must not be subjected to a different set
of laws from other state residents.
Information gathered by local residents show Lake Annas
temperature exceeded 106 degrees last year. John
Cruickshank of PACE said, The decision by the State
Water Control Board allows water of very hot temperatures
to be dumped into Lake Anna. Our summers have been
increasingly hot in Central Virginia, and if you add a
drought the stresses on Lake Anna become critical.
Lake Anna is the third largest in Virginia. The lake is
used as a cooling pond for the nuclear reactors operated
by Dominion-Virginia Power.
PACEs Vanthi Nguyen put into words what other area
residents have been thinking: How does Dominion
dare even to consider siting new reactors on a lake that
is so seriously impaired by existing reactors.
The two groups will file a detailed complaint in late
December. The full appeal will detail the violations of
state and federal laws and regulations.