Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Conducts Pollution Permit Compliance Sweep and Finds Severe Violations

In March, 2015, Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s Upper Potomac Riverkeeper completed a pollution permit compliance sweep in the Upper Potomac watershed, reviewing 291 Clean Water Act permits that allow industrial facilities to discharge into nearby waterways. Our sweep found that 38 out of 291 facilities had committed severe violations of State and Federal water quality standards, resulting in discharges of sewage bacteria, heavy metals such as arsenic and lead, and chlorine, ammonia and other toxic substances in amounts that violate federal law and harm the environment. Upper Potomac Riverkeeper’s findings are based on a review of the facility’s own monthly monitoring reports that are submitted to the State and EPA. This compliance sweep was conducted with Widener University’s Mid-Atlantic Law Clinic.