Energy Company Agrees to Pay $2.5 Million to Settle Allegations Its Power Plant Polluted the Potomac River

  • District of Columbia AG Karl Racine reached a settlement with energy company GenOn Holdings, Inc., f/k/a NRG Potomac River LLC (“GenOn”), to resolve allegations that one of its power plants discharged pollutants into the Potomac River in violation of the District’s Water Pollution Control Act.
  • The AG’s office alleged that the now-closed coal-fired power plant, Potomac River Generating Station, allowed oil and other pollutants to seep from underground storage tanks into a storm-water drainage system that runs into the Potomac on at least 93 separate days, and “repeatedly ignored” the District’s orders to cease polluting.
  • Under the terms of the settlement, GenOn will pay $2.4 million in civil penalties, $50,000 to the Potomac River Basin Drinking Water Source Protection Partnership to improve water quality, and $50,000 to the Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project to support environmental enforcement training.