With no discussion, the Dendron Town Council unanimously reaffirmed land-use changes to pave way for a 1500-megawatt coal-fired power plant, which would be the largest in the state.
More than 200 residents turned out at the Dendron Volunteer Fire Department for a five-hour public hearing on Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s plan to build the $5 billion coal plant in Dendron.
Absent in the amendments was an agreement to pursue an independent environmental study of the plant, which at least one member of Surry’s Planning Commission had recommended last week. The recommendation was left out of the town’s considerations after an Old Dominion representative told the council that the Army Corps of Engineers had already contracted an independent study as part of its review.
Critics also rejected the idea that if the plant is denied in Dendron, Old Dominion will build in Sussex County, sending needed jobs and revenue there instead.
“That’s crack dealer logic,” Waverly resident Stephen Warren said. “‘Sure, crack is bad, but if they don’t get it from me, they’ll just get it from someone else. So I might as well get paid.’ That’s bad logic. It’s bad for a crack dealer and it’s bad for a town council.”