• Toxic Wastewater Discharges from Coal Power Plants

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: EPA’s 2015 “Effluent Limitation Guideline” Rule was developed to deal with the discharge of toxic metals and other pollutants removed from coal plants’ air emissions in response to more protective air pollution standards issued over a decade ago. The same metals that were being “scrubbed” from coal plant smokestacks were being dumped with […]

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  • URGENT ACTION! Stop EPA’s Repeal of the Clean Water Rule!

    The Trump administration launched its assault on our clean water and drinking water protections with a proposed repeal of the Clean Water Rule. A lengthy, deliberate, and inclusive process led to the 2015 Clean Water Rule, a rule protective of vital waterways and based in sound law and sound science. By comparison, the Administration’s scheme […]

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  • Trump Administration Clean Water Rule Repeal Threatens Water Quality

    Pipeline Projects Will Face Fewer Obstacles Washington, DC (June 28, 2017) By starting the process of repealing the Clean Water Rule yesterday, the Trump Administration put the sources of drinking water for more than 117 million Americans at greater risk, along with the streams and wetlands that filter pollution and provide habitat for wildlife. 1 […]

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  • Clean Water is Under Attack

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: The Administration has directed the EPA to take sweeping measures to undo clean water protections under the Clean Water Rule intended to safeguard the health of our rivers, streams and wetlands. The announcement to repeal the Clean Water Rule represents one of the most serious assaults on our water resources in decades. What […]

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  • Waterkeepers Applaud Passage of a Statewide Ban on Fracking in Maryland

    Historic Bill Will Protect Our Clean Water Resources Annapolis, MD- Today the Maryland Senate passed a statewide fracking ban bill, HB 1325, by a vote of 36 to 10. Maryland would be the third state to ban fracking, but the first state with gas reserves to pass a ban through the legislature. The passage of […]

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  • Press Release

    Statement on Dominion Decision to Run Water Lines to Homes Around Possum Point

    Statement from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Potomac Riverkeeper Network Today it came to our attention that Dominion Virginia Power is making some effort to extend municipal water lines to homes near the Possum Point Power Station. Our testing in the past has identified contaminants in well water there that are commonly linked […]

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    Protecting Our Water & People from Fracking

    The far western panhandle of Maryland is beautiful country, graced by deep lakes, wild forests and of course the Upper Potomac River. Unfortunately it also contains a slice of the Marcellus Shale, the geologic basin that has been the target of the hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” industry in neighboring Pennsylvania and West Virginia for years. […]

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  • Tell Virginia to Keep Toxic Coal Ash Wastewater out of the Potomac!

    Dominion Proposes to Dump Over 150 Million Gallons of Contaminated Wastewater Into Quantico Creek and Potomac River Dominion Virginia Power recently acknowledged it dumped 33 million gallons of untreated coal ash waste water in May 2015 from its Possum Point Power Station into Quantico Creek, which flows into the Potomac River. Dominion then met privately […]

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  • Press Release: New Poll Shows Majority Of Prince William Residents Oppose Dominion’s Controversial Plan To Dump Wastewater From Its Toxic Coal Ash Ponds to Potomac River

    Washington DC— A new poll conducted on behalf of Potomac Riverkeeper Network reveals significant public concern and opposition to Dominion Virginia’s plan to clean up five coal ash ponds at its Possum Point Power Station near Quantico, Virginia. Dominion has applied to the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for a modification of its Clean […]

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    POTOMAC RIVERKEEPER NETWORK DECRIES EPA’s SUSPENSION OF ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

    Unnecessary Action Encourages Industries to Pollute Washington, D.C. – March 27 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) strongly opposes the suspension of enforcement for violations of environmental law announced by the Trump Administration’s EPA, which sends a clear message to a broad swath of industries that the mere mention of COVID-19 will allow them to pollute […]

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