A report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation concludes a $6 billion coal-fired plant in Surry County would create a range of negative health and economic impacts.
The report released Monday in Norfolk says pollution from the power plant could trigger hundreds of asthma attacks, cause dozens of premature deaths and cost millions in health care costs.
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative has proposed the Cypress Creek Power Station in the town of Dendron.
Environmentalists and some residents have opposed the huge power plant, contending it poses an environmental threat to the bay.
The foundation report, called "A Coal Plant's Drain on Health and Wealth," also cites a potential threat to safe drinking water in south Hampton Roads.
The Surry County Board of Supervisors also approved permits for the 1,500-megawatt plant.
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