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Dominion Virginia Power Aims to Remove Responsibility in Fly Ash Lawsuit

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Dominion Virginia Power is looking to remove itself as liable in the $1 billion dollar lawsuit brought forth by residents of Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) living near the Battlefield Golf Club, according to The Virginian-Pilot. The lawsuit focuses on the usage of toxic fly ash in the ground fill along the golf course.

Dominion claims they are not legally responsible for any potential injuries since they merely “supplied” the fly ash to the Battlefield golf course developers. The problem with Dominion’s logic is they knew fly ash was toxic way back in 2001, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Another flaw in Dominion’s argument is the fact that there is legal precedent in this realm. Back in 2008, Constellation Energy settled with residents in Annapolis, Maryland for $45 million dollar in a fly ash lawsuit.

There isn’t word yet as to what the judge in Chesapeake reviewing the motion will do, but given the evidence, I wouldn’t be surprised if he does not rule in favor of Dominion.

Here’s a video illustrating the negative effects of fly ash. It also shows that toxic fly ash isn’t a problem exclusively in Virginia (VA) but in multiple parts of the country…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUGy5_xN28A

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