Councilman Hawkins Tour of Rural Southeast Prince George’s County

Thank you to Councilman Hawkins and his staff for hosting this tour:
(Photos here of the participants.)

Stops on the Tour

SAARC (our new aquatic center) – where we started to see development we really like! Thank you, Prince George’s County!

Historic Chapel of the Incarnation – which houses CSS and has a senior center next door and where we could see the area of the Brandywine Revitalization Study for a walkable bikeable community.

Superfund site – contamination clean-up just north of the Early Family Historic District

Mattawoman Power Plant – not yet built as of Oct. 2019 (their website says it will retire the coal power plant but we have 3 other fracked-gas power plants within a 13-mile area. The Chalk Point plant is closing any way & state says we’re supposed to have 50% renewable energy by 2030 which can’t happen with these fracked-gas power plants)

PGEC Keys Energy – 2nd fossil fuel powered plant in Prince George’s County.

North Keys Park (latest photos from Google) – near the coal fly ash from Chalk Point

Lake Chaney – a mining project gone wrong since our water table is so high – now used for water skiing

Jenkins/Gobbler Property – mining site not far from Schmidt Environmental Center and historic St. Thomas Methodist Church (listed on Wikipedia here) – could be a good site for a solar farm

Chalk Point – coal power plant (that we’ve been told is transitioning to gas, which will make it the 5th fracked-gas-powered energy plant in the area) – the first power plant in southeast Prince George’s County which is in Eagle Harbor, a historic African American waterfront resort created during the Jim Crow era – it is polluting the Patuxent River which our Patuxent Riverkeeper is trying to clean up.

PA Bowen Farm – where we bought organic cheese made from raw milk, learning about how raw milk can be healthy if regulated, and organic chicken and other products from their farm which requires clean air and water (no more dirty fossil fuel power plants!).

Romano Winery – where we learned about the process of creating a variety of wines & we bought some great wine

Panda Brandywine Power Facility, KMC Thermal (Google photos) – This is the first gas-powered energy plant in Brandywine, Maryland and the 2nd power plant in southeast Prince George’s County. It is close to Soil Safe which supposedly cleans contaminated soil (article 1 about abuse from Soil Safe | article 2 about abuse from Soil Safe).

Resources – Related Issues that inhibit Agritourism projects and/or Promote dirty businesses or clean air (spoken about on the tour)

Meeting and Petition to Sign – Speak out against Governor Larry Hogan’s fracked-gas expansion plans

Rural Business Innovation Initiative of Maryland – does not include grants for small businesses in Prince George’s County

Cypress Creek Renewables – owner of solar field in Cheltenham

All Hands On Deck for Power Plant Info!

Do you care about the issue of power plants in Brandywine? Want to stop this proliferation? Have children at schools in Brandywine who have asthma or other health issues (or don’t want them to get health issues from pollutants)? We need your help!

We have an education effort coming up soon. Please contact us as soon as possible if you can help. Email us at cleanair@brandywinemd.com with the Subject line: Power Plants and give us your phone number (cell phone if possible for text messaging – our contacts are not on automated systems – we are local residents who are concerned). Or call 301-502-3261.

We look forward to hearing from you!