NRG Dickerson Power Plant

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CAMPAIGN INFORMATION:

In 2013, Potomac Riverkeeper, Patuxent Riverkeeper and Food & Water Watch filed a notice of intent to sue to NRG. NRG operates coal powered generating stations at Chalk Point on the Patuxent River and at Dickerson on the Potomac River. One of our main concerns was that NRG tried to persuade the state to let it offset the nitrogen pollution from its plants with reductions made elsewhere. Pollution trading such as this can cause hot spot of pollution, usually in lower income communities, causing a serious environmental justice problem. Our action forced Maryland to get involved and file its own suit.

Status: We were a full party in the case, sitting across the table from NRG and Maryland state attorneys for three years hammering out a settlement. In September 2016, a settlement was reached holding NRG to a tight schedule to eliminate its nutrient pollution, and setting up a $1 million environmental benefit fund to pay for river restoration projects.