Environmental groups file complaint against water discharges from Mount Storm power plant
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – This week the Sierra Club and the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, under the Clean Water Act, filed a lawsuit against VEPCO, a Dominion subsidiary, alleging that the company has violated and continues to violate “a effluent standard or limitation ”and continue to violate its temperature discharge limits at its Mount Storm power plant in Grant County, WV.
Dominion’s water discharge activities at the site are regulated by WV / NPDES Permit # WV0005525, the lawsuit says.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) said in a February 2020 administrative order that thermal exceedances are hurting downstream fishing, according to a press release. The WVDEP also said that it “believes that drastic changes in flow on the spillway are detrimental and counterproductive to achieving a sustainable BIP (balanced native population) in the Stony River”.
Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls issued the following statement:
“The state has set temperature limits in the power plant’s discharge to protect trout and other fish species downstream of the Stony River, and Dominion’s VEPCO has been violating these limits for years – not just slightly, but in order of magnitude. Pouring huge volumes of hot water into a cold water mountain trout stream degrades that stream and everything that lives in it, especially when it lasts for years.
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