Update for Pepco Benning Rd Site: Findings Released

View of the old power plant structures from the mudflats of the Anacostia River.

The D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) released the Draft Remedial Investigation (RI) Report for the Pepco Benning Rd site today for public comment through April 18. The long-awaited release of this report provides us with the in-depth analysis of samples taken at the site and adjacent Anacostia River and describes the extent of contamination found. A large range of contaminants of concern were tested for in the following chemical groups: heavy metals (e.g., copper, lead, zinc), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pesticides, and dioxins/furans. Once finalized, the report will be used to prepare the cleanup plan for these contaminants that will be developed as part of a 2011 court-ordered consent decree between the District and Pepco.

Over the next several weeks AWS will be working with partners, community leaders, and technical experts to review the Draft RI Report. Stay tuned for a summary of our evaluation.

We encourage a wide range of community groups, experts and interested parties to review the study and to learn more at a community meeting DOEE and Pepco will host to discuss this report, answer questions, and accept feedback. This meeting is set for April 2 from 10 am - Noon at River Terrace Elementary School.

Comments on the draft RI report will be accepted no later than April 18 and should be clearly identified as "Pepco Benning Road: Draft Remedial Investigation Report Comments." Submit comments to Apurva Patil at DOEE using one of the following:

  • Email to [email protected]
  • Mail or hand-delivery to DOEE, Apurva Patil, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002

More information, including the entire Administrative Record, can be found by clicking here



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