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Arlington bans charity car washes because of pollution regulations

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Arlington is cracking down on charity carwashes under new state storm water permits that could also affect activity elsewhere.

The Washington Post reports Boy Scouts from Troop 162 in Arlington were planning a carwash fundraiser for a weeklong canoe trip this summer. But their scoutmaster heard about new regulations, and their plans changed.

Virginia and other states use permit programs to limit pollution flowing into storm water systems. Those permits have recently become more stringent due to Chesapeake Bay cleanup requirements.

Arlington was the first Virginia jurisdiction to renew its program under tougher regulations and is cracking down on carwash fundraisers. Other jurisdictions are considering restrictions.

Kim Coble of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the impact of every school group and scout troop that holds a carwash adds up.

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