NNSY: Gas-fired Power Plant Proposed for Norfolk Navy Shipyard

by Duane Nichols on October 6, 2020

Norfolk Navy Shipyard considers power options for future

Dear Friends & Concerned Citizens:

Demand a public hearing for the newest proposed power plant in Virginia: …. Click here to learn how!

Fighting fossil fuel infrastructure in Virginia is like playing a sick game of whack-a-mole. Instead of harmless animatronics, the targets are dangerous projects that pop up across the state bringing carbon emissions and danger to our communities.

But we’re winning: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline was defeated. The Header (Injustice) Project is on hold.

Now, we need your help delaying a new gas-fueled heat & power plant proposed by the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY).

This project is currently under review by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), but their oversight has been woefully inadequate. Their own documentation shows that community outreach included only five contacts; a token effort for a community that already lies in the shadow of dirty fuel infrastructure and catastrophic sea level rise. The NNSY Plant project must be elevated to the Air Board to allow for additional environmental study, consideration of alternatives, and community outreach.

You can submit a comment to the VA DEQ by October 7 calling for the Air Board to review the NNSY Plant project?

View comment guidelines and talking points here

and email your comment to:


by 11:59 PM on October 7 to ensure your voice is heard. Once scheduled, only commenters that met the October 7 deadline will be able to actively participate in an Air Board hearing.

The VA DEQ needs to hear that Virginians demand proper oversight before yet another piece of dirty infrastructure threatens the path we’re on towards a renewable energy future.

Keep fighting the fight,

Lauren Landis, Hampton Roads Organizer
Chesapeake Climate Action Network


See also: Rising seas threaten Norfolk Naval Shipyard, raising fears of ‘catastrophic damage’, NBC News, November 18, 2018

Function of NNSY subject to many factors

Sea level in Norfolk has risen 1.5 feet in the past century, twice the global average, in part because the coastline is sinking. The Navy has erected temporary flood walls and uses thousands of sandbags to protect the dry docks at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. … Norfolk has one of the nation’s fastest rates of sea level rise.

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