U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dominion gets extension on Yorktown

Dominion received approval for a one year extension to operate its coal units at its Yorktown Power Station, allowing the utility giant to operate them through April 2017.

But the answer to the longer term energy questions on the Peninsula remains to be seen.

"The action will help ensure electric service reliability for the Peninsula region while the company pursues approval to build the Surry-Skiffes Creek electric transmission line," Bonita Billingsley Harris, a spokeswoman for Dominion, wrote in an email to the Gazette.

"The EPA granted permission through an Administrative Order to operate the Yorktown coal units through April 15, 2017, under certain...