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EPA: No public threat from Battlefield Golf Club fly ash

Release Date: 04/22/2010
Contact Information: Roy Seneca seneca.roy@epa.gov (215) 814-5567

(PHILADELPHIA – April 22, 2010) – Residential wells near the Battlefield Golf Club in Chesapeake, Va. have not been impacted by the fly ash used to contour the golf course according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency site inspection report issued today. Additionally, the report concludes no adverse health effects are expected from exposure to surface water or sediments on the site.

The golf course, located near the intersection of Centerville Turnpike and Whittamore Road, was sculpted with fly ash from a Dominion Virginia Power coal-fired plant that is mixed with cement dust. Fly ash is a residue from the burning of coal for electricity.

The EPA inspection evaluated the environmental impact of the fly ash and determined that the golf course property does not qualify for placement on EPA’s national priority list of sites where hazardous contaminants could impact public health and/or the environment. Dominion Virginia Power will continue to monitor wells on the golf course.

EPA’s inspection showed that the fly ash used on the golf course contains concentrations of several metals which are above the levels found in soil in the surrounding area. However, the report indicates these metals are not migrating from the fly ash to residential drinking wells.

A copy of the site inspection report is available at the Chesapeake Main Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Va. EPA staff will be available to answer questions on May 6 and 7 (8:30 am to 6:00 p.m.) at the Centerville Baptist Church, 908 Centerville Turnpike South in Chesapeake. The report can also be viewed online at: http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/CurrentIssues/finalr-battlefield_golf_club_site/index.html

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