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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge says Virginia's largest utility must submit a revised plan for dealing with its leaking piles of coal ash at a retired power plant in Chesapeake and conduct at least two years of environmental testing at the site.

U.S. District Judge John Gibney Jr. issued the order last week. It comes after he ruled earlier this year in a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club that the coal ash at Dominion Energy Virginia's Chesapeake plant was polluting surrounding waters with arsenic. He found the pollution violated the federal Clean Water Act but was not at a level harmful to health or the environment.

The judge heard arguments from both sides on remediation measures and ruled Thursday on what he would require.

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