From Freedom Enterprise's toxic spill into the Elk River in West Virginia to the massive mine waste spill in the Animas River in Colorado, spills and associated fish kills threaten our drinking water supplies, recreation and the natural systems in our rivers.
While "acts of god" make some number of spills and fish kills nearly inevitable, it is clear that strong corporate and municipal precautionary culture can minimize them.
Position: Our position is that industry and government must employ a regulatory system using the precautionary principal to eliminate all preventable spills and associated fish kills. The system must strongly incentivize self-reporting over concealment, fast containment, and prompt cleanup. Those that do not live up to the principle must be held accountable. Spills should not be considered the “cost of doing business.”
Objective: PRKN's objective is to promote, protect, and participate in the regulatory system that prevents spills. In this role we report spills and receive reports of spills, support our agencies by investigating spills on the water using our patrol boats, characterizing the extent of spills and the subsequent damage, and finding those responsible.
[December 6, 2016 Update: EPA determines that NRG’s power plant at Dickerson, Maryland, is responsible for the oil spill.] On December 1, we announced that we are offering a $1000 reward for information identifying those responsible for the plume of pollution in the Potomac River that forced area water utilities to take measures to protect […]
Potomac Riverkeeper Network Posts $1000 Reward for Information Identifying Source of Potomac River Oil Plume
Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2016) Potomac Riverkeeper Network announced today that it is offering a $1000 reward for information identifying those responsible for the plume of pollution in the Potomac River that forced area water utilities to take measures to protect the drinking water of millions of area residents this week. An oily substance floating […]
October 31, 2016 update: Dominion Virginia Power agreed to pay a $260,000 fine for two mineral oil spills earlier this year, including one this one that fouled a stretch of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., and another one on a tributary of the Shenandoah River. In early February, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks began to […]