VA Legislature Acts on Coal Ash – A Little

Yesterday, the Virginia Commerce & Labor Committee dealt with the six coal ash bills referred to it. Here is the bill that was passed out of the Committee. It does 3 things: Imposes a moratorium on DEQ issuing any coal ash solid waste permits at Dominion sites until July 1, 2019. Exception – allows DEQ to permit … Read More

Join Us at Our Rally in Annapolis to Oppose Potomac Fracked Gas Pipeline Threatening the Drinking Water for Millions

Join us the evening of February 15 with concerned citizens of Maryland, Washington, DC, West Virginia and Virginia as we raise our voices in a rally on Lawyer’s Mall (in front of the State House), and then march to encircle the Governor’s Mansion! We will rally at Lawyer’s Mall and then march to the Mansion where we … Read More

FERC Files its Environmental Assessment on Potomac Pipeline – Comments Due Feb. 26

I wanted to be sure that everyone had a chance to look at the Potomac Pipeline Environmental Assessment from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Comments are due by February 26. You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature located on the Commission’s website under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method … Read More


Potomac Riverkeeper Network Calls for Changes to Maryland’s New Pollution Trading Regulations

On December 8, 2017 the Maryland Department of Environment’s (MDE) published its proposed Water Quality Trading Program regulations which would establish rules for creating a nutrient pollution credit trading market. The weak draft rules fail to protect local water quality and, if not dramatically improved, would prevent Maryland from meeting its Chesapeake Bay cleanup targets … Read More

Statement to State Water Control Board: Reject Atlantic Coast Pipeline

On Monday, December 11, 2017, Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf and VP of Litigation & Programs Phillip Musegaas testified at the Virginia State Water Control Board hearing on the 401 water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. They urged the Board to deny the Clean Water Act certification for this pipeline because the Board does not have … Read More

EPA Permit for DC Sewage Treatment Plant Fails to Protect the Potomac and Public Health

On November 1, 2017, Potomac Riverkeeper Network sent comments to EPA calling for major changes to the Clean Water Act discharge permit for the Blue Plains Wastewater plant in Washington D.C. While the DC government has invested heavily to upgrade this facility and reduce untreated sewage discharges from its combined sewers, the draft permit still fails … Read More

Firefighting Chemicals Threaten Martinsburg Water Supply and Opequon Creek

Nearly six million people rely on public water supplies within the Potomac River Watershed to provide them with clean drinking water. Forty years after the passage of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, we rightly expect our water to be safe and healthy for ourselves and our children. Unfortunately, events have come … Read More

Fighting to Stop Toxic Wastewater Pollution from Coal Power Plants

In the latest example of federal environmental rollbacks affecting the Potomac River, the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) blindly followed EPA’s lead and failed to set strict limits on arsenic, mercury, lead and other toxic metals discharged from the Morgantown and Dickerson coal-fired power plants into the Potomac in their most recent Clean Water Act … Read More

Our Report Shows Coal Ash Can Be Recycled to Beneficial Uses

Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Southern Environmental Law Center released a new report that finds recycling coal ash left at Possum Point and three other Dominion Energy coal power plant sites is commercially viable and would eliminate the risk of future environmental contamination posed by leaving the ash in capped, unlined ash ponds onsite. Recycled coal ash … Read More