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QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - Authorities have launched a search for two men after their boat capsized in the Potomac River in northern Virginia.

Coast Guard officials say a tugboat crew saw the boat capsize Sunday about a mile south of Leesylvania State Park but could not locate the men by the time they got to the area where the boat capsized.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The owners that operate two power plants in Maryland have agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to resolve allegations over polluting in the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers.

The Maryland Department of the Environment announced the federal court agreement Monday.

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POINT OF ROCKS, Md. (AP) - Officials are searching for two men who they say went missing when their boat capsized in the Potomac River in Frederick County.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says 62-year-old Lawrence Walter Grey Jr. of Brunswick and 51-year-old Robert Evonne Lee of Frederick left to go fishing around 5 a.m. Sunday near the Point of Rocks at the Virginia border.

Hours later someone reported seeing the men in distress.

Thomson says the capsized boat was found.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power is seeking state approval to dump millions of gallons of treated coal ash wastewater daily from two power plants into the James River and tributaries of the Potomac River.

The proposed releases are opposed by environmental and river protection groups, as well as some legislators.

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ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) - A new environmental education center is opening in Accokeek.

Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to join students for the opening on Friday.

The center will enable the Alice Ferguson Foundation to expand hands-on learning initiatives offered on the 330-acre Hard Bargain Farm.

The foundation works to promote environmental sustainability of the Potomac River watershed.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - More Potomac River communities are taking steps to protect their drinking water from last week's chemical spill at a western Maryland paper mill.

Treatment plant operators announced precautions Tuesday as a preliminary analysis indicated the nonhazardous, synthetic latex is not breaking down into potentially harmful components.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Camping costs are going up at two national parks in Maryland.

Higher campground fees take effect Monday at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont and the Chesapeake and the Ohio Canal National Historical Park along the Potomac River.

At Catoctin, tent and trailer camping at the Owens Creek Campground now costs $30 a night, up from $25 last year. Fees have also risen for large-group camping and most cabin and lodge rentals at Catoctin.

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INDIAN HEAD, Md. (AP) - A Maryland town will swear in the youngest mayor in the state's history Tuesday.

Multiple news outlets report 19-year-old Brandon Paulin will become mayor of Indian Head, a town of about 4,000 residents on the Potomac River Tuesday. Paulin is a political science major at the College of Southern Maryland. During the election on May 5, he was up against the town's current mayor and vice mayor. Paulin won with 239 of the 383 votes cast.