Friday 14 December 2018

Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks said his group has received conflicting information from Dominion and DEQ officials about the draining of untreated coal-ash water into Quantico Creek, and wants an EPA investigation into a possible violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

“We are demanding an EPA investigation,” Naujoks said Sunday. “The head of [DEQ] misled the public about dumping 30 million gallons of contaminated, untreated coal-ash water into Quantico Creek and the Potomac River. We feel the permit needs to be revoked based on this new information.”

In emails sent to the EPA Criminal Investigation Division in June and again in January, Naujoks said a June flyover of the ponds revealed “a pumping mechanism, lighting and piping,” leading from one pond to an adjacent tributary of Quantico Creek that suggested the pond water was drained at night.

Naujoks said the handling of the incident suggests Dominion cannot be trusted to follow the self-reporting stipulations outlined in the permit modification the utility received from DEQ’s State Water Control Board Jan. 14.

The Potomac Riverkeeper Network announced last week it will appeal the permit.

READ MORE, February 9, 2016

School spokesman says 313 gallons of oil escaped. The South River Federation, an Edgewater-based nonprofit, regularly monitors the stream, a tributary that is three-quarters of a mile long and flows to Crab Creek and the South River. South Riverkeeper Jesse Iliff said the organization has collected water and soil samples that are being tested this week to gauge the geographical reach of the spill. The Coast Guard responded the day of the spill and the school system hired a private contractor, who installed booms to absorb the oil, Mosier said. But Iliff said he believes the ground absorbed some of the oil, and water from melting snow pushed groundwater into the creek, releasing oil past the point of booms. The smell, he said, is still present, but has dissipated.

READ MORE Capital Gazette, February 10, 2016

"Potomac Riverkeeper Network is extremely concerned about the spill of thousands of gallons of oil into the Potomac River and the Roaches Run Waterfowl Refuge near the Pentagon. Over the past three days we have received numerous reports of oil sheens stretching ten miles down the Potomac, from Alexandria and Reagan airport southward. Our Potomac Riverkeeper was at the scene of the spill this morning, documenting responders’ efforts to capture oiled birds as well as the continued flow of oil out of the refuge lagoon into the Potomac. While we don’t know the full extent and cause of the spill, we call on the Coast Guard, DC Department of Environment and Virginia DEQ to investigate and prosecute the party responsible for this ongoing pollution of our nation’s river."



February 8, 2016 update: Coast Guard: Substance In The Potomac River Is Fuel Oil, DCist

Febraury 13, 2016 update: Dominion Power Takes Responsibility for Potomac River Oil Spill, Arlington Patch