About the (Closed) Potomac River Generating Station:
In the fall of 2012, the Potomac River Generating Station (PRGS), formerly owned and operated by GenOn Energy, Inc. was permanently shut down.
NRG Energy, Inc., which merged with GenOn in December of 2012 and now owns the facility, is proceeding with decommissioning the plant in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Following the decommissioning process, NRG will explore redevelopment options for the former PRGS site. Any future redevelopment of the site will follow applicable City of Alexandria planning and zoning procedures. Please note that Pepco, the Potomac Electric Power Company, has a property interest in, and owns and operates an electrical substation on, the site.
For a link to the City of Alexandria’s website that includes historical information on the facility: Click here.
PRGS Current Status
- On January 22, 2014, NRG submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) the preliminary report on the test results conducted by its environmental consulting firm at the former Potomac River power plant site. This was to determine the current situation, and what needs to be accomplished, in response to previous leaks of two underground oil storage tanks at the site.
- As part of the plant deactivation activities, the tanks were cleaned and filled with concrete in February 2013, eliminating the source of the oil.
- NRG received a letter from the VDEQ dated March 4, 2014 concerning the situation at the site. We’re already working with the VDEQ to develop a Corrective Action Plan as outlined in the letter.
- As requested by VDEQ, we’ll continue monitoring and reporting activities at the site while a Corrective Action Plan is developed. We’re working with our environmental consulting firm and we’ll have that plan in place on or before September 5, 2014.
- The previous leaks from the underground storage tanks pose no risk to human health and no risk to sources of drinking water.
- NRG has made it a priority to address and fully resolve the situation at the plant, and we’ll work with VDEQ and other stakeholders to find the right solution.
- We look forward to speaking with the community during the Potomac River Generating Station Monitoring Group meeting on April 23, 2014.
For Media (only) inquiries:
Contact David Gaier, NRG’s Director of Communications, East Region, at 609.524.4529
This number is for working members of the press only.
For all other inquiries: