MEDIA ADVISORY: DOEE Releases Interim Anacostia River Cleanup Plan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 1, 2020

CONTACT:
Cecile G. Brown (DOEE) – (202) 617-1097; cecile.green

DOEE Releases Interim Anacostia River Cleanup Plan

First Cleanup Actions to Begin in Ward 7 at Kingman Lake Wildlife Conservation Area

(WASHINGTON, DC) Wednesday, the Bowser Administration, through the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), announced an interim action plan that will greatly reduce the health risk posed by contaminants in the Anacostia River. The release of the Interim Record of Decision is an important milestone for the Anacostia River Sediment Project (ARSP).

The Interim Record of Decision identifies the early action areas or “hot spots” in the Anacostia River, Washington Channel, and Kingman Lake where contamination is highest and requires remediation. Overall, an area of approximately 77 acres will be cleaned up, reducing the human health threat posed by ingesting fish contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by approximately 90%. DOEE will host media availability for the press to view models of some of the proposed remedial solutions and answer questions on the Interim Record of Decision and remediation process.

WHO:

Tommy Wells, Director Department of Energy & Environment
Trey Sherard, Staff Biologist, Anacostia Riverkeeper
Lora Nunn, Friends of Kingman and Heritage Islands / ARSP Community Ambassador

WHEN:

Friday, October 2nd
11 a.m.

WHERE:

Kingman + Heritage Islands Footbridge (Entrance at RFK Lot 6)
Stadium Armory Metro

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