Update for Anacostia River Sediment Project: Findings Released, Public Comment


River samples being taken by Tetra Tech (DOEE's contractor), summer 2014.

Today marks a major step toward cleaning up legacy pollution in the Anacostia River. The D.C. Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) released another Draft Remedial Investigation Report. This time it is for the District's Anacostia River Sediment Project, an extensive study that adds to an already substantial body of scientific data about key pollutants, including PCBs, PAHs, pesticides, and heavy metals.

For decades the river has been plagued by contaminants stemming from a variety of sources such as the Washington Navy Yard, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the now closed Kenilworth landfill, Washington Gas’ former coal-gasification plant and the recently demolished Pepco plant at Benning Road, among others. But now we are at a pivotal point where a fishable and swimmable Anacostia is in reach. All of the data collected and analyzed over the years combined with that of the District's data from the past two years can now be looked at on a river-wide scale for a holistic remediation approach. 

Over the next several weeks AWS will be working with partners, community leaders, and technical experts to review the report. We encourage a wide range of community groups, experts and interested parties to review the study.

DOEE's Draft Phase I Remedial Investigation Report is available for public comment through May 10, 2016​.

In order to submit comments, DOEE has given the following instructions:

  • Clearly identify comments as "Anacostia Draft Phase I Remedial Investigation Report Comments"
  • Provide your name, telephone number, affiliation (if any), mailing address, a statement outlining your concerns, and any facts underscoring those concerns
  • For electronic submission, email to DOEE.sedimentproject@dc.gov
  • For mail or hand delivery, send to the Department of Energy and Environment, Dev Murali, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002
  • For submission at one of the libraries (Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library or Rosedale Neighborhood Library), complete a comment form and present it to a representative at the library

More information, including the entire Administrative Record which contains additional Draft RI report files, can be found by clicking here.

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