The Radford Army Ammunitions Plant opened in the 1940s, making arms and propellants for the military and creating jobs in the region.
When it was built, the Arsenal as it’s known, was miles from population centers, but not anymore. New communities have sprung up in recent years. And concerns about pollution by the plant have also been growing.
Many people spend their weekends looking at houses. Some are in the market to buy. Others are just nosey, but recently Virginians toured a new building like no other in the nation – a place that gets all its water from rain, generates all the power it needs, has not a single flush toilet and keeps the floors clean in an ingenious way.
Dozens of people rallied outside the State Capitol yesterday to support tougher new EPA proposals for electricity-generating plants. At the same time, Virginia lawmakers were hearing from stakeholders—and trying to determine how the state could be effected if the rules are adopted. There were a lot of questions but few answers.
Senator Dick Saslaw questioned why the EPA won’t give more credit to Virginia’s nuclear power plants in setting its carbon emission reduction targets—hypothetically, even if nuclear power were the ONLY source.
Nine months after 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River from a decommissioned power plant in North Carolina the ultimate environmental, economic and legal consequences remain unknown.
The community most immediately and most visibly affected by the spill was Danville in Southside Virginia where residents were shocked to see the river's surface covered with a sickly gray film the morning after the release.
Duke Energy – owner of the power plant – has been able to retrieve 3,000 tons of ash from the Dan and says the rest will dissipate.
Virginians still have until December 1st to submit their thoughts to the EPA on its proposed Clean Power Plan, and one environmental organization says it has already collected more than 210,000 comments from residents who support the proposals to speed up the elimination of the carbon footprint here. The group also says if people are really environmentally conscious, they don’t have to wait for the government to take action.