Our Day in Court Over Lax Coal Ash Permit at Possum Point

On September 27th, Potomac Riverkeeper presented its case against the discharge permit issued to Dominion by Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), allowing Dominion to drain its largest coal ash pit at Possum Point power plant into Quantico Creek and the Potomac River. Under the permit, Dominion is allowed to dump about 200 million gallons … Read More


NRG to Pay $1M Penalty for Pollution

In 2013, Potomac Riverkeeper, Patuxent Riverkeeper and Food & Water Watch filed a notice of intent to sue to NRG. NRG operates coal powered generating stations at Chalk Point on the Patuxent River and at Dickerson on the Potomac River. One of our main concerns was that NRG tried to persuade the state to let … Read More

Press Release

Statement on EPA’s Regulation on Coal Ash Disposal

To comply with a court-ordered deadline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today has issued its first-ever national rule on the disposal of coal ash. This toxic byproduct of coal-fired power plants, which contains arsenic, chromium, lead, mercury and other known toxins and heavy metals, is the second-largest waste stream in the UnitedStates. But the vast majority of … Read More