Environmental groups suing WSSC over pollution complaints

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) - Environmental groups are suing the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission for violations of the Clean Water Act, saying the commission's water filtration plant in Potomac is polluting the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Maryland. It claims the commission's Potomac Water Filtration Plant, which provides drinking water to residents of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, has improperly discharged millions of pounds of sediments and aluminum into the Potomac.

The environmental groups say the health of the river and the bay are being compromised by the discharges.

The lawsuit was filed by the Environmental Integrity Project on behalf of the Potomac Riverkeeper and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission did not immediately return a telephone call requesting comment.