But Potomac Riverkeeper contends the infrequent effluent sampling required under West Virginia's permit doesn't even produce a monthly average for pollutants, the complaint says, "just a single data point each month."
That effectively means the DEP and the public are getting no useful information in determining whether the training center is complying with its permit limits, the group argues.
Because the Maryland Department of the Environment has more stringent standards, West Virginia should follow its protocol, the complaint says. That means replacing once-a-month sampling with weekly eight-hour sampling for substances such as nitrogen, phosphorous, chlorine and total suspended solids.
The appeal also demands weekly samples for e. coli bacteria, which currently isn't required, and daily sampling of pH, dissolved oxygen and residual chlorine levels.
Potomac Riverkeeper has nearly 3,000 members in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and the District of Columbia. They include fishing guides and others who rely on the river for their livelihoods.
The Environmental Quality Board has not yet scheduled a hearing.