DEQ Taking Action on Route I-66 Alleged Violations

Potomac Riverkeeper Commends Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for Action to Bring Route I-66 Construction Site Polluter to Account

Investigation by Potomac Riverkeeper Identified Illegal Sediment Runoff into Accotink Creek and Potomac River

Washington, D.C. – May 18 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) applauds Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for issuing notices of violation to FAM Construction, LLC (FAM), for alleged violations of state permit requirements in controlling sediment runoff from the company’s construction site on the Route I-66 corridor. The first notice concerns erosion and sediment control issues at the I-66 and Route 123 interchange; the second notice addresses similar problems at the Route 123 I-66 overpass.

Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper, said “Friends of Accotink Creek contacted me last month for assistance in stopping this very blatant, visible degradation of Accotink Creek. We undertook an investigation and advised DEQ that the violations appear rampant, including apparent illegal pump out of polluted stormwater ponds. I’m glad that DEQ has acted quickly and forcefully so that the sediment runoff can be remediated as soon as possible.”

The complaint alleged that FAM had undertaken land clearing and soil disturbances without required approved plans and that the company activities were inconsistent with an approved plan for erosion control and stormwater management.

Naujoks continued, “Sediment runoff is a principal source of pollution for the Potomac River, its tributaries, and the Chesapeake Bay. Nutrients chemically adhere to sediment, which hastens its movement through the watershed. Constant vigilance is necessary to protect our precious River from further damage.”

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