Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Sierra Club and three local groups have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take away West Virginia's authority to administer a federal pollution program.
In a letter sent to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson on Wednesday, the groups argue West Virginia has done a poor job of running the national pollutant discharge elimination system program.
They say withdrawing the state's authority to run the program is the only remedy that will bring the state into compliance with the Clean Water Act.
The EPA and the West Virginia Department of Environmental protection had no immediate comment.
The letter was sent by lawyers representing the Sierra Club, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Coal River Mountain Watch and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.
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