West Virginia’s Weak Discharge Permits Into the Maryland Owned Potomac River

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Facilities in West Virginia that discharge pollution into the [Maryland-owned] Potomac River often follow much weaker standards than their Maryland counterpart. For example, many permits do not require daily monitoring for TMDLS’s (total maximum discharge limits), allowing much higher amounts of pollutants to enter the water as would otherwise be considered a violation of water quality standards. In our effort to strengthen discharge programs in West Virginia to sufficiently protect our river, we have appealed permits at two wastewater treatment facilities—the Naval Sea Command Center & the National Conference Training Center (NCTC)—which currently violate the federal Clean Water Act.

Status Update: West Virginia has yet to improve permits or require daily monitoring of discharges into the Potomac.