Anacostia Watershed Society, Anacostia Riverkeeper, and Natural Resources Defense Council filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today to intervene in the 2011 Consent Decree between the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment and Pepco (once again). We are requesting that the court set a final deadline for the long overdue remedial investigation (RI) and feasibility study (FS) that will characterize the extent of the legacy contamination and evaluate options to clean it up.
The District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) released a draft report on the first phase of the investigation into Anacostia River sediments on March 18, 2016 for public comment. The findings show that there are several highly contaminated areas in the river bottom and more study is needed to identify upstream sources as well as to better understand the ecological and human health risks. After reviewing these findings with Anacostia Riverkeeper, DC Appleseed, and a few subject matter experts, we compiled our concerns and jointly submitted the comment letter linked below.
Please consider submitting your own comments no later than April 18. They should be clearly identified as "Pepco Benning Road: Draft Remedial Investigation Report Comments" and sent to Apurva Patil at DOEE using one of the following:
River samples being taken by Tetra Tech (DOEE's contractor), summer 2014.
View of the old power plant structures from the mudflats of the Anacostia River.
The Bottle Bill will:
Plastic foam containers collected at our trash trap in Nash Run, a stream of the Anacostia River.
Volunteers scooping up plastic containers at our Earth Day Cleanup.
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, MD.
Trash on the banks of the Anacostia River.
On Tuesday January 20, the Montgomery County Council can help the Anacostia River in a big way, by voting to ban the use and sale of plastic foam food service products in the county and replacing them with compostable or recyclable products. Far too many of these containers are fouling our waters, including the Anacostia River and the Chesapeake Bay. ... Did you notice we didn’t refer to these containers as Styrofoam? ‘Why?’ you might ask.
View from the Anacostia River of the Pepco Benning Road power plant being deconstructed. Photo credit Masaya Maeda, Anacostia Watershed Society.