Richmond, VA — Today, the Sierra Club and Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed a lawsuit challenging the “prevention of significant deterioration” construction permit for Dominion Energy’s proposed $1.3 billion gas power plant in Greensville, Virginia. The suit was filed on the grounds that the permit unlawfully fails to require the “best available emissions control technology” for the power plant and fails to control against the massive quantities of methane that would leak from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, proposed to connect directly to the power plant.
Dominion Virginia Power began construction of the proposed 1,558 megawatt gas-fired power plant this past June, which would be the largest gas-powered operation in the Commonwealth. Dominion has proposed that the Greensville Plant operate at all hours, regardless of the actual demand or the availability of power from other sources such as clean, renewable energy. If built, it would burn fracked gas supplied directly by another Dominion project — the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — a nearly 600-mile long pipeline that would take private property and destroy forests and streams in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.
Earlier this summer, the groups pushed regulators to tighten carbon dioxide limits, cutting allowable emissions by more than 10% from Dominion’s original proposal. The groups also forced more protective standards on carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, methane, formaldehyde, and particulate matter.
Evan Johns, Attorney, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, (434) 738-1863, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathon Berman, Sierra Club, (202) 495-3033, email@example.com