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:

• Status of the Consent Decree, the agreement between Pepco and DDOE that Pepco will investigate the site and nearby Anacostia River for potential human health and environmental implications from discharges of toxic chemicals (PCBs and PAHs) and heavy metals potentially originating from the Pepco site.
RI/FS Project Milestone timeline
Community Involvement Plan

Google satellite image of the Pepco Benning Road facility (property boundary highlighted in red). The site is bordered by the Anacostia River (West), a DC Solid Waste Station and the National Park Service Kenilworth Maintenance Yard (North), residential areas (East and South), and Benning Road (South).

DDOE has opened the public comment period for three important documents:

• Sampling and Analysis Plan - DRAFT
• RI/FS Work Plan – DRAFT
• Health and Safety Plan – DRAFT

These documents (and all others concerning the project) can be found on DDOE’s website; the comment period for all three documents is from August 9, 2012 through September 17, 2012. We are currently reviewing each one and will make summaries of our findings available to you shortly including information on when, where, and how you may submit comments. After the comment period and DDOE issues final approval, Pepco and its contractor (AECOM) will start the investigation of the Benning site and nearby Anacostia River.

Pepco is also providing information related to the Benning Road Facility on its project website.

Stay tuned for more information as things progress!


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