Prince William supervisors approve environmental plan, hypocritical about data centers

Julia Eisen – WMAL News | October 26, 2023

The Prince William Digital Gateway saga is ruffling feathers again as the Board of Supervisors approves the county’s environmental master plan.

The county’s first environmental plan could cost as much as $860 million over the next 25 years. However, money isn’t being shelled out just yet. This is the first step in order to move forward with potential framework plans.

Supervisor Kenny Boddye says that approval of the plan will allow county staff to look at things such as environmental sustainability and resilience.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Boddye said in the board of supervisors meeting. “We’re really on the cusp of adopting something that will transform if implemented properly, the way we do business in Prince William County.”

However, some supervisors called the move “hypocritical” with the backdrop of data center controversy that has plagued the county.

“Given it’s actions and given it’s planned actions, it’s nothing more than a green wash,” Supervisor Bob Weir said.

WMAL News Correspondent Heather Curtis contributed to this report.

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