It’s still unclear who will bear the cost of cleaning up the bankrupt company’s coal and nuclear plant sites.
Groundwater contamination has been detected at a majority of the state’s 37 coal ash ponds, some of which are unlined.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s new move to excavate ash from the commonwealth’s coal ash ponds puts more pressure on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to follow suit, environmental advocates say.
Critics say the Democrat has done too little to address coal ash pollution, but that could change in 2019.
A report based on coal companies’ own self-reported data shows widespread contamination of ground and surface water.