River Health and Recreation Public Forum

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 9am - 11am
Location: First District Police Station, 101 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024

Are you a recreational user of the Anacostia River?
Do you paddle, boat, row, or fish on the Anacostia?

If so, you should plan to attend this open public forum on River Health and Recreation. A panel of public health and environmental experts will make a brief presentation, followed by an open question and answer period. The panel will feature government officials and health experts including:

UPDATED: Draft consent decree announced for Washington Gas toxic site

On December 12, 2011, the District Department of Environment (DDOE) announced, along with its federal partners, the entry of a draft consent decree regarding clean up of the Washington Gas toxic site along the Anacostia River. 

Community Toxics Meeting and Pepco Clean Up

There have been six documented releases (1985-2003) of the toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the Pepco Plant at Benning Road into the Anacostia River.  ln 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency completed an assessment confirming these releases.  As a result, the District of Columbia filed complaint against Pepco citing its responsibility for the clean up.  Eventually, a consent decree, or judicial voluntary agreement between the District and Pepco (without admission of fault) was announced to the public, in February 2011.  At this time, it is unclear if the decree will address short term and LONG TERM environmental, social, and health related impacts from these spills.

Join us!

September 26, 2011
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Center For Green Urbanism
3938 Benning Road NE
Washington, DC 20019

Detailed Background Information

Anacostia River Toxic Sites

Toxics Cleanup Community Meeting Wednesday, May 11

AWS and its partners in the Toxics Team invite you to a community meeting regarding the cleanup of the Pepco Benning Road site.  The lead sponsor is Toxics Team member DC Environmental Health Collaborative, led by Dr. Janet Phoenix.

Pepco Benning Road Location

Please feel free to attend this event or contact Brent Bolin at bbolin@anacostiaws.org with any questions.  Additional information can be found below.

The DC Environmental Health Collaborative is hosting an important meeting about something that may be affecting your family’s health.


AWS Files to Intervene in Pepco Cleanup Suit

Pepco Benning Road - identified toxic site

Today the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), Anacostia Riverkeeper (ARK), and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are filing a motion to intervene in the District of Columbia's suit against Pepco regarding cleanup of the Benning Road facility.  Over the years, toxic chemical spills at the facility have created a serious pollution problem that impacts the health of the river and the health of the communities living near the Benning Road facility. 

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.

Cleaning Up Legacy Toxic Sites Along the Anacostia River

For much of 2010, the Anacostia Watershed Society has been working its partners to advocate for the clean-up of legacy toxic sites along the Anacostia River. 

The "Toxics Team" is made up of the following groups:

Press Conference to Call Attention to Anacostia River Toxics

Six local environmental groups including the Anacostia Watershed Society, Anacostia Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee, Anacostia Riverkeeper, DC Environmental Network, Groundwork Anacostia River and the Sierra Club Environmental Justice program are organizing a press conference on Tuesday, September 7th at 12:00 noon to call attention to the lack of action on the clean-up of known toxic sites along the Anacostia River. While the District and federal agencies debate details and jurisdictions, causing years long delays, the toxics wait for no one and continue to leech into our environment.



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