Community Advisory Group Gets Underway for Pepco Benning Road Cleanup

On August 16, 2012, Pepco and the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) convened the first meeting of the Community Advisory Group (CAG) as part of the cleanup of the Pepco Benning Road site. The CAG is composed of members of community organizations, civic associations, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and agency staff. The goal is to facilitate communication between Pepco and the community as important decisions are made regarding the cleanup process.

For an initial meeting the turnout of community members was disappointing -- hopefully this can be attributed to the mid-August date. But it appears from the list distributed that at least a few of the invited community groups had not designated a representation to serve on the CAG. The CAG members who were in attendance noted the low participation and pushed Pepco and DDOE to conduct additional vigorous outreach.

Pepco Benning Road - Community Advisory Group Meeting and Comment Period

View of the Pepco Benning Road power plant from the Anacostia River.

On August 16, 2012, the Community Advisory Group (CAG) for the District Department of the Environment (DDOE)/Pepco Benning Road Consent Decree will meet for the first time at the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (4058 Minnesota Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20019) in the Community Room starting at 6:30 pm. The CAG consists of community organization members within the surrounding area of the Pepco facility and will serve as the voice for the public during the investigation process.

With the closure of the Pepco power plant (occupying 25% of the Benning Road facility) as of June 1, 2012, final approval of the Community Involvement Plan, and the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) proposed procedures ready for public comment, the CAG will meet to discuss the following:

Toxics Cleanup Community Meeting Wednesday, May 11

AWS and its partners in the Toxics Team invite you to a community meeting regarding the cleanup of the Pepco Benning Road site.  The lead sponsor is Toxics Team member DC Environmental Health Collaborative, led by Dr. Janet Phoenix.

Pepco Benning Road Location

Please feel free to attend this event or contact Brent Bolin at [email protected] with any questions.  Additional information can be found below.

The DC Environmental Health Collaborative is hosting an important meeting about something that may be affecting your family’s health.


AWS Files to Intervene in Pepco Cleanup Suit

Pepco Benning Road - identified toxic site

Today the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), Anacostia Riverkeeper (ARK), and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are filing a motion to intervene in the District of Columbia's suit against Pepco regarding cleanup of the Benning Road facility.  Over the years, toxic chemical spills at the facility have created a serious pollution problem that impacts the health of the river and the health of the communities living near the Benning Road facility. 

District Announces Consent Decree at Pepco Benning Road

Anacostia Watershed Society has for decades advocated for the cleanup of legacy toxic sites along the river, with the campaign heating up again recently.  This renewed campaign reached another milestone on February 2, 2011 when the District announced that it had reached an agreement with Pepco regarding toxic pollution at the Pepco Benning Road plant.



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