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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:00am

Report Highlights Need to Protect George Washington National Forest

Alexandria, V.A.— As the U.S. Forest Service prepares to announce whether or not to open up the George Washington National Forest to the dirty drilling practice known as fracking, a new report from Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center calculates the toll of this dirty drilling on our environment across the country.

The report, Fracking by the Numbers, is the...

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 8:22am
Boyce, VA, September 26, 2013 – Yesterday Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble filed to appeal Virginia’s sewage sludge regulations in Richmond Circuit Court, 13th Judicial Court of Virginia.  The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulations became final on September 1, 2013 and govern the application, staging and storage of sewage sludge.  Sewage sludge is a by-product of treating industrial and municipal sewage and...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:39pm
Boyce, VA, September 18, 2013 - Shenandoah Riverkeeper is pleased that U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia Rambo stood firm to special interests and upheld federal and state pollution limits designed to improve water quality by more closely regulating wastewater treatment, construction along waterways and agricultural runoff. 
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 2:59pm

120+ groups from across Maryland and the region urge Governor O’Malley to intervene; as first step, he must demand a federal “Environmental Impact Statement”

$3.8 billion industrial project would trigger the state’s biggest single source of global warming pollution, endanger local communities and the Chesapeake Bay, and ignite a new wave of fracking and pipelines

BALTIMORE—An unprecedented coalition of concerned citizens—from business leaders to watermen to...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 6:32pm

Marylanders Against Fracking and Delegate Shane Robinson Warn of Fracking’s Negative Impacts

Baltimore, MD—State and national groups concerned by Governor O’Malley’s imminent plans to begin drafting fracking regulations launched the Marylanders Against Fracking coalition today to call on the governor to cease any further work to allow fracking in the state. Representatives from Food & Water Watch, Potomac Riverkeeper, Patuxtent Riverkeeper, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Progressive Democrats of America - MD...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 7:48pm

Cove Point project would hike energy costs, threaten public safety, harm Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Energy announced today it had granted conditional approval to the Dominion Cove Point LNG facility to export liquefied natural gas to non-free trade agreement countries, pending an environmental review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

The $3.8 billion project would transform a sleepy natural gas import facility on the Chesapeake Bay into a massive export hub and hasten the already hectic pace of fracking...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 3:50pm
Keeping It Clean on the Potomac: Riding with the Potomac Riverkeeper
By Carole Funger, Potomac Almanac, August 21-27, 2013, p 3
 
As the late-summer waters of thePotomac flow lazily by, it’s good to know there are watchmen keeping guard over the river. These watchmen, known as Riverkeepers, patrol 383 miles of territory, the source of drinking water for almost six million people. The Riverkeepers have one mandate: To protect and preserve the quality of the water by bringing a halt to ongoing pollution in the Potomac and...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 9:23am

(Annapolis, MD)  Sixteen conservation organizations* today announced their support for the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) decision to amend the proposed Phosphorus Management Tool regulation.  The revised regulation will reduce phosphorus pollution in waterways and the Chesapeake Bay by better controlling the use of manure applied to farm fields laden with phosphorus.

The regulation, which updates an existing tool already in use by farmers, comes in response to recent research by the University of Maryland showing there is a much greater risk of farm...

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 9:51am

Chicken manure threatens Potomac River in West Virginia case; Groups file legal brief to protect public health and environment

(Wheeling, WV) – A coalition of local and national public interest organizations yesterday filed a brief in federal court supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s long-held authority under the Clean Water Act to regulate waste from commercial animal farms and seeking to confirm that a large West Virginia poultry operation should comply with all applicable regulations.

The Center for Food Safety,...

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 4:32pm

In 2008, Potomac Riverkeeper filed a notice of intent to sue Mirant’s Faulkner coal fly ash disposal facility near Morgantown, in Charles County, Maryland. The disposal site, now owned by NRG Energy, was leaching toxic pollution into the Zekiah Swamp. Fly ash from coal-fired power plants contains heavy metals, high levels of sulfates, hydrocarbons, radionuclides, and other pollution toxic to both humans and the environment.

After we filed our notice, the State of Maryland filed a suit against the facility, which began a long and convoluted road in which we tried to intervene...

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