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WASHINGTON SUBURBAN SANITARY COMMISSION (WSSC) LAWSUIT

In 2014, we filed a lawsuit against WSSC for illegal discharges of Aluminum and Total Suspended Solids exceeding permitted limits.

Status Update: On October 21, 2015 the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) voted to enter into a binding legal agreement with Potomac Riverkeeper, the State of Maryland and Chesapeake Bay Foundation requiring WSSC to take immediate action to stop its illegal discharges of millions of pounds of aluminum, sediment and other pollutants into the Potomac River from its Potomac, Maryland drinking water treatment plant.  The agreement also requires WSSC to completely overhaul or rebuild the facility to modern standards, and invest $1 million in environmental projects in the Potomac to improve water quality.  This settlement is in response to the lawsuit filed in federal court by Environmental Integrity Project on behalf of PRK in 2014. 

 

 

 

POSSUM POINT COAL ASH PONDS

In 2014, we filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue Dominion for illegal discharges of toxic Coal Ash into Quantico Creek and ground water.

Status Update: Since filing Notice of Intent, PRKN has been monitoring the facility for illegal discharges into Quantico Creek and testing groundwater sources for unsafe levels of heavy metals. After submitting comments asking the state board to not approve Dominion's permit renewal, PRKN filed an appeal of the permit on February 26, 2016. In addition, Prince William County and the State of Maryland have also filed a notice of appeal.

 

NRG CHALK POINT

In 2013, We filed suit against NRG's Chalk Point & Dickerson coal-fired power plants for permit violations exceeding nitrogen and phosphorus limits set forth in the Chesapeake Bay TMDL— a comprehensive "pollution diet".

Status: Still awaiting decision.