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Appeal: Potomac pollution should meet Md. criteria

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A watershed-protection group wants the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board to overturn a Potomac River pollution permit for a federal complex in Shepherdstown and instead impose Maryland’s tougher sampling requirements.

Potomac Riverkeeper is challenging the discharge permit that the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection recently issued to the National Conservation Training Center.

Potomac Riverkeeper argues West Virginia’s monthly sampling is inadequate for determining whether the facility is complying with its permit.

It also says Maryland has legal jurisdiction, so its more rigorous rules should apply.

Training center director Jay Slack says his complex is part of the Fish and Wildlife Service and is by its nature focused on protecting fish, wildlife and their habitat.

He says the facility takes water quality seriously and has since opening in 1997.