Update for Demolition of Pepco Benning Road Power Plant

By Jessica Duvall, AWS Public Policy and Advocacy Intern 

View from the Anacostia River of the Pepco Benning Road power plant being deconstructed. Photo credit Masaya Maeda, Anacostia Watershed Society.

Demolition of the Pepco Benning Road power plant is well underway! For reference on how far along the project has progressed and more background information, check out our blog post announcing the project last October. All asbestos and hazardous materials have been removed from the buildings. In a recently released statement, Pepco has announced that the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has signed off on the safe and complete removal of all asbestos-containing materials from the site and that the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has issued a raze permit, allowing the dismantling of the buildings and other structures. With the asbestos out of the way, the crews will begin removing old pipes, wiring, electrical equipment, and other scrap material for recycling or disposal; the remainder of the structures will be demolished using conventional methods such as hydraulic jacks and grapples. This work is expected to last through November leading up to the controlled implosion planned to demolish three of the five smokestacks and a few other structures in mid-December this year.

Site demolition planning map provided by Pepco. See fact sheet below for more information. (Click image to enlarge)

Pepco has hired AECOM to install air-quality monitoring and control systems for the site to test the level of dust, airborne particulates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). A community meeting regarding details about the implosion demolition phase has been tentatively proposed for late October or early November, but the exact date has not yet been announced.

For more details about the demolition process, please refer to Pepco's:

We’ll be sure to provide another update when the community meeting is announced!



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