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
JANUARY 2, 2008
Louis Zeller 336-977-0852
GROUPS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST NORTH ANNA WATER POLLUTION
Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and the
Peoples Alliance for Clean Energy announced the filing of
their appeal in Circuit Court in Richmond opposing the state
water quality permit for the North Anna nuclear power station.
The groups want the court to revoke the permit because it is
causing serious harm to Lake Anna. The damages listed in the
petition include injurious heating of the lake, fish kills and
the growth of dangerous microorganisms.
State and federal laws require limitations on thermal pollution
discharged into Virginia's waters. The complaint which was filed
on Friday, December 28th states: [R]e-issuance of this
Permit was in violation of Virginia's State Water Control Law,
the federal Clean Water Act, and the Virginia Pollution Discharge
Elimination System, as well as other laws and regulations
governing water quality.
Louis Zeller, of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League,
stated the appeal is largely based on longstanding complaints
from people living around the lake. He said, Environmental
organizations and area residents presented evidence to the
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the State Water
Control Board which showed that hot water from the nuclear plant
is polluting Lake Anna. He continued, Despite these
legitimate concerns raised at public hearings, the state ignored
Lakeside residents who joined the appeal listed their concerns.
Gary Muller said, We call the area around Dike One the
hot tub. When water temperatures are high, I often
see floaters, or dead fish, in the lake. When the
lake water is very hot, I have seen a brown scum on the surface.
High temperatures may cause the growth of amoebae. Barbara
Crawford said, I believe the growth of a dangerous amoeba
in the lake makes it unsafe to swim and I will not go into the
lake water again.
Tersh Norton, another lakeside resident, added, Lake water
temperatures have increased. When the power plants are taken off
line, the temperature temporarily drops 6-8 degrees-F and lake
levels rise several inches. Temperatures rise and the lake drops
when the power plants come back on line.
The December 28th petition cited the inappropriate efforts by the
Virginia Attorney General to influence the State Water Control
Board. Before the board voted, Attorney General Robert F.
McDonnell wrote: It is my opinion that the State Water
Control Board does not have the legal authorization to impose
limitations on thermal effluent involved in discharges by
Dominion Nuclear North Anna, LLC, from its reactors at its North
Anna Power Station.
Louis Zeller responded, The people in communities
throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia rely on the integrity and
the independence of the citizens boards which represent
their interests. If the State Water Control Board cannot control
Dominions pollution, who can? Virginias citizens
commissions must be allowed to make decisions which are free from
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