You did it! You and thousands of others convinced Old Dominion Electric Company (ODEC) to suspend their plans to build a 1,500 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Surry County, Virginia! With your help, NPCA has been fighting this plant for several years. As designed, the Cypress Creek power plant would have been three-times larger than the average coal-fired power plant currently in operation. The plant would have emitted 3,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, over 3,600 tons of sulfur dioxide, 44 pounds of mercury, 1,000 pounds of lead, and many other pollutants into the air. This pollution would increase asthma and heart- related illness in Virginia while contributing to hazy skies over our national parks and mercury in park headwaters. Throughout the process, ODEC could not show that demand even existed in Virginia for a coal plant of this magnitude.
Thanks to you, over 9,000 comments were submitted against the plant and many town and city councils passed resolutions against it. This August, ODEC asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cease the permitting process necessary for the proposed Cypress Creek plant to proceed. We are heartened by this news but remain vigilant as ODEC still owns the land and could decide to revive this plant in the future. Thank you for working alongside us to protect clean air, pristine water and our national parks for our children and grandchildren.