County takes on Lake Anna effluent

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Supervisors are considering several sewer ordinance amendment options that could affect residents and businesses in the future.

But during a Jan. 7 meeting, board members left residential options aside and took a renewed interest in effluent discharge at Lake Anna following the State Water Control Board’s decision last year to renew and expand a license for a private Lake Anna waste water treatment plant.

Supervisors — who unanimously opposed the state agency’s decision to expand the discharge licence for Lake Anna Environmental Services from 20,000 gallons per day to 90,000 gallons per day — were told that the water board did not have authority to act on the county’s request and that the county could put measures in place to control such activity.

During the Jan. 7 board meeting, supervisors got their first crack at controlling Lake Anna effluent.

County Attorney Dale Mullen briefed the board on several sewer ordinance amendment options, which included a potential ban on any additional effluent into Lake Anna and other options which could limit/control discharge through land use or zoning ordinances, conditional use permits and the creation of a master plan.

Supervisor Willie Gentry (Cuckoo District) said he supported the ban.

Chairman Willie Harper (Mineral District) asked Mullen if an outright ban was permissible, to which Mullen replied that  it was on the edge of board’s authority but that he believed it to be enforceable as written.

Mullen acknowledged that doing so could have an impact on North Anna Power Station and other local businesses.

Richard Zuercher, spokesman for Dominion Virginia Power’s nuclear operations, said his company is opposed to the proposal to ban additional effluent at Lake Anna.

“It would affect our ability to potentially build a third unit,” he said.

To read the entire story, see the Jan. 24 edition of The Central Virginian.

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