Environmental groups push coal ash, solar and carbon bills in Virginia

This article discusses how environmental groups are pushing for  coal ash, solar and carbon bills in Virginia in 2019.

Environmental groups are uniting behind three key bills in the General Assembly that they say would help align Virginia with clean energy efforts already underway in other states.

The bills would mandate the safe storage or recycling of toxic coal ash, put Virginia on a firmer path to slash power plant carbon emissions and ease a host of solar energy restrictions.

The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network say they’ve spent months and years laying the groundwork for the passage of such bills.

Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam announced full-throated support for the legislation that would require coal ash ponds in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to be excavated and the ash placed in modern, lined landfills or safely recycled.

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