A bill that would have required Dominion Virginia Power to submit more information to state regulators before it is allowed to close what environmental groups contend are leaky, unlined ponds containing millions of tons of coal ash has cleared a House committee, though not before getting defanged along the way.

The Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee voted 22-0 on Wednesday to report to the full House an amended version of SB 1398, sponsored by Sens. Scott A. Surovell, D-Fairfax, and Amanda F. Chase, R-Chesterfield.

The current version of the bill requires Dominion Virginia Power to compile information on existing contamination at its four sites containing coal ash ponds and evaluate options for closing the ponds by excavating the ash for deposit in a lined landfill and recycling ash for use in concrete and other products.

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