EPA: NRG’s Dickerson Plant Caused Oil Slick in Potomac River


By Editors of Power Engineering

The EPA announced that NRG Energy’s Dickerson Power Plant in Maryland is the source of an oil slick in the Patomac River over a week ago.

An analysis by the U.S. Coast Guard indicates the sheen detected in the river was caused by lubricating oil matching samples taken from Dickerson and at Whites Ferry. NRG officials have been notified and agreed to join the investigation as the responsible party.

The discharge was estimated at less than 150 gallons, and has largely dissipated already.

NRG notified the EPA on Nov. 27 and began working with the EPA and other Unified Command agencies to identify the source. Releases were due to changing weather and shoreline conditions.

Inspections in areas where a boom is in place to protect drinking water intakes confirmed the sheen has been diverted away from the intakes, though inspection and maintenance of the boom will continue.

None of the drinking water intakes have reported materials from the spill.

The Unified Command consists of EPA, the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland Department of Environment, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Department of Health, Washington D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment, and NRG.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...