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.

Links to vital information about this agreement:
Background info prepared by Toxics Team (PDF download)
DDOE Press Release announcing the settlement agreement.
Consent decree (PDF download) – this is a legal document and not very user-friendly
DC Register notice announcing the Consent Decree and seeking public comment.
 

There will be a 30-day public comment period ending March 7, 2011 at close of business.

“All comments must be submitted in writing via mail to the District Department of the Environment, Toxic Substances Division, 1200 First Street, N. E., 5th Floor, Washington D.C. 20002, Attention: Paul Connor, or by e-mail to paul.connor@dc.gov. In either case, the comments must be filed by COB March 7, 2011, and should refer to District of Columbia v. Potomac Electric Power Company and Pepco Energy Services, Inc.”

AWS, its partners on the Toxics Team, and our legal team are reviewing the consent decree in anticipation of filing comments.  Stay tuned to this space as we assess the adequacy of this proposal.
 

Anacostia River: Cleanup Status at Kenilworth, Washington Gas & Poplar Point Contaminant Sites

Please also plan to attend this brown bag lunch update on Anacostia Toxic sites cleanup activity hosted by DC Environmental Network.

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Global Green USA (offices of Friends of the Earth), 1100 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. Near Farragut North & McPherson Square Metro Stations

RSVP Online

 

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