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.

Clean-up will focus on decommissioned poer plant buildings along the river
Cleanup will focus on decommissioned power plant buildings along the river

AWS achieved two important outcomes by intervening in the consent decree lawsuit:
1) The overall timeline to complete the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) is limited to 18 months or May 2013
2) All major documents issued as part of the RI/FS process are subject to public comment and review

Three major documents are open for public comment until September 17, 2012 (click to download):
a) Sampling and Analysis Plan
b) Work Plan
c) Health and Safety Plan

AWS is reviewing these documents and plans to issue summary versions to help facilitate public participation.

All comments must be submitted in writing via mail to the District Department of the Environment, Environmental Services Administration, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20002, Attention: Apurva Patil, or by email to apurva.patil@dc.gov.

Resources

Pepco Benning Road consent decree fact sheet (PDF download)

Pepco Benning Road project milestones (PDF download)

PowerPoint presentation for Community Advisory Group kickoff meeting (PDF download)

DDOE's website on the Pepco Benning Road cleanup

Pepco's website on the Benning Road cleanup

AWS blog entries on Pepco cleanup

AWS Toxics info page

Community Advisory Group member list

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