What is the Benning Environmental Study?
The Benning Consent Decree is a legal agreement between the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment (DDOE)and Pepco that obligates Pepco to conduct an assessment of environmental conditions at the Benning Road site and adjacent areas of the Anacostia River. The assessment – to be carried out according to the highest environmental standards – will proceed in two stages:
1. a “Remedial Investigation” to determine whether or not Pepco’s historical operations at its Benning Road facility have contributed to pollution of the sediments of the adjacent portions of the Anacostia River, and whether or not current conditions at the Benning Road property present any continuing threat to the river; and
2. a “Feasibility Study” to identify and evaluate potential cleanup actions. DDOE will use the results of the assessment to determine, with input from the public, what, if any, cleanup actions should be undertaken at the Benning Road facility or adjacent areas of the River. The Consent Decree serves as a public record of obligatory actions to which both DDOE and Pepco have agreed and to which Pepco has committed.
For more information about the Benning Environmental Study, including fact sheets and frequently asked questions, please visit the Benning Service Center website located at www.benningservicecenter.com. This information is also available on DDOE's website at http://ddoe.dc.gov/page/pepco-benning-road-facility-plans-and-deliverables. Additional information can also be found at the following libraries: Anacostia, Deanwood, Dorothy Height/Benning, Francis A. Gregory, and Rosedale.
The Benning Service Center
Pepco’s Benning Road facility has historically been an important part of Pepco’s electric power transmission and distribution system, serving the Washington, D.C. area. It is an industrial facility that has operated for over 100 years, and is home to the Benning Road Power Plant, Pepco’s Benning Service Center and major electric transmission and distribution facilities. The Service Center occupies the largest part of the property, and accommodates more than 700 Pepco employees. Service Center employees work in maintenance and construction of Pepco’s electric distribution system; system engineering; vehicle fleet maintenance and refueling; and central warehouses for all the materials, supplies and equipment needed to operate the Pepco system. In 2007, Pepco Energy Services, announced its intention to retire operations at the plant based on planned upgrades to Pepco’s transmission system, which were scheduled to be completed by 2012. In June 2012, operations at the Benning Power Plant ceased as scheduled.