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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has announced that it is withdrawing its opposition to a Dominion Virginia Power plan to release coal-ash water into a creek that flows into the Potomac River after the utility company agreed to stricter testing standards.

Media outlets report that state officials announced Thursday they were encouraged by ongoing discussions with Virginia and Dominion regarding the rigor of the testing, which will include hourly testing for contamination.

Officials had been concerned about the concentration of toxic metals in the discharge, among other potential problems, and appealed Dominion's permit in February.

The withdrawal of Maryland's opposition strengthens what has been a controversial effort by Dominion to comply with a federal mandate to permanently seal coal-ash ponds at its Possum Point plant and other sites in Virginia.

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