Trump club in Virginia accused of illegally cutting trees, dumping into river

Trump club in Virginia accused of illegally cutting trees, dumping into river
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump arrives to the North Lawn of White House in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, after playing golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va

STERLING, Va. (AP) - County officials in northern Virginia are investigating whether the Trump National Golf Club illegally cut a dozen trees from the Potomac River shoreline and dumped them in the river.

Officials in Loudoun County told news outlets Friday that removing trees from the flood plain requires a permit, and the county is investigating whether the local ordinance was broken.

Potomac Riverkeepers, an environmental group, said it received complaints about the dumped trees.

Environmentalists say cutting the trees can contribute to shoreline erosion and that the dumped trees create a safety hazard for recreational users of the river.

The Trump Organization did not immediately return an email seeking comment Saturday. The golf club faced criticism in 2010 after it cleared hundreds of trees to improve members’ view of the river.

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