Thank you to Councilman Hawkins and his staff for hosting this tour of Brandywine to Eagle Harbor:
(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!
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 which all said they would close Chalk Point, though it is still open. The state says we’re supposed to have 50% renewable energy by 2030 which can’t happen with these fracked-gas / fossil fuel power plants)
PSEG Keys Energy – 2nd fracked-gas / fossil fuel powered plant in Prince George’s County.
Lake Chaney – a mining project gone wrong since our water table is so high – now used for water skiing
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
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 or encourage 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 / fossil fuel expansion plans
Rural Business Innovation Initiative of Maryland – does not include grants for small businesses in Prince George’s County and we think it should.
Cypress Creek Renewables – owner of solar field in Cheltenham
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
On Wed., Aug. 28 the Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to approve the amendment to Mattawoman Energy Center’s (MEC) 2015 Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) permit – to make a change from water cooling to air cooling of the now 1,038 MW operating 24/7 fracked-gas power plant. This will allow MEC to move forward with their plan to build after a 4 year dormancy. Seven concerned citizens from Brandywine and Prince George’s County were able to attended the PSC’s administrative meeting in Baltimore to represent, witness and reiterate objections and concerns. (For more information on citizen’s testimonies to the PSC click here and put in Select Case: 9330 and click Search)
That evening, we met with County Executive Angela Alsobrook’s Chief of Staff and Community Relations office. They said they heard that people in Brandywine didn’t care about the power plants. WE NEED TO SHOW THE COUNTY WE CARE! It was very nice to talk to county administrators who seemed to care, but what will be done?
The next day we spoke out at County Councilman Sydney Harrison’s Coffee and Conversation in Clinton for District 9. The flyer didn’t say it was for Education only, but they made that statement during the event, apparently to keep us from bringing up power plants even though we spoke about the health of our students by preventing more asthma and respiratory problems due to air pollution and about raising taxes to improve our schools. The power plants do impact our children. Additional information:
- Councilman Harrison said he was going to the Dept. of Health to find out what could be done about the air quality problem – he said they know about the power plants and are taking the future air quality into consideration also (let’s share with each other about the findings of those meetings).
- Harrison’s chief of staff, Eric Bowman said council lawyers advise them that some issues and meetings, like power plants, have legal concerns that keep them from discussing them or attending meetings about them. We would like transparency about what these legal concerns are.
WHAT WE CAN DO NOW
Don’t Let the County Tell Us: “We inherited this problem” or “It was the state…” as this sounds like it has nothing to do with our county officials and that they can’t do anything. We can contact the county to tell them what they can do (see below). Contact Coucilman Sydney Harrison here – Contact County Executive Angela Alsobrooks here.
WHAT THE COUNTY CAN DO
- Not give the power plants tax breaks, credits, incentives, etc. They should pay full taxes and the area should see those funds to remediate the damage their plants cause and to improve our local schools.
- Monitor noise from the power plant and take action if they are above the limit of 65 db during the day and 55 db at night. It is the county’s perview to enforce noise standards. We think that should be at the sidewalk level since we want this to be a walkable bikable community and the county is helping to make the effort to do that (see Brandywine Revitalization & Preservation Study by Parks & Planning here).
- Monitor air quality and report to the state if the power plants are not keeping to the legal qualities set by state and federal agencies. They may say that’s the state’s perview, but if they are true to their desire to educate our children, they need to also protect their health and the county can report to the state and federal governments or it can be done through a county-citizen partnership. (Wellness is supposedly a goal of the public schools.)
- County can be leaders in modeling with programs that support its citizens, such as a policy to have no more power plants and meet state goals for the climate crisis before their goals of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2040; also supporting agritourism as a viable entity for green areas and food security which requires farmland.
The public hearing for the Mattawoman Energy plant update to include air cooling is on Tuesday, July 23, 7 PM, Brandywine Fire Dept. Social Hall, 14201 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine, MD 20613.
Community members are concerned about new activity with Mattawoman Power Plant. Dominion stated they will not be providing their gas (see article here and read quote on our link at Facebook). They have applied to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to amend their Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) which is the major permit needed to start construction and, to our knowledge, no locally concerned citizens were notified.
Here are some concerns that may affect you:
- Noise pollution: If they are permitted to air-cool instead of water-cool which was their previous plan. Location (zoom out as needed – 1/2 mi. from elementary school).
- Gas pipeline leak/potential explosion (part of pipeline is existing, not new – does it meet today’s codes?)
- Truck traffic during construction – Air pollution, more noise, safety
- Traffic congestion on Brandywine Rd. and other adjoining roads, including Rt. 5 & 301
- Impact on renewable energy sources, carbon emissions and climate change (State says we’re supposed to go to green energy by 2030 – see article – if you can’t see the article, search on “Maryland bill mandating 50% renewable energy by 2030 to become law, but without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature”) – our future
- Air and Water pollution – see information throughout this site
Stay connected from this website or our Facebook page for a public meeting later in June 2019.
Other recent web pages to visit:
Public Service Commission list of 9330 cases
Mattawomen Energy Center (contains links to CPCN)
Maryland Public Service Commission’s Search for Case 9330 (sort by date with 2019 at top)
EPA Resolution for civil rights complaint
Have you been down Brandywine Road lately? The work has stopped. That doesn’t mean they’re going away as they have permits and plans and have spent millions. We’re still working on stopping the 3rd natural gas plant in Brandywine and we have a coal plant as well – this plant is not needed here. Natural gas is dirty fossil fuel that will pollute and we’re fighting big corporate interests. We’re a small community.
Please support our legal battle with a donation (online here) – every little bit counts or contribute as much as you can afford. SPECIAL OFFER: People donating $50 or more during April 2017 will be invited to a cocktail party at national historic William W. Early house.
Your support can make a big difference. For more information, contact Joanne at 301-502-3261 email email@example.com.
Earth Day, April 22, 2017 9 AM – 1 PM with free music and refreshments, which benefits environmental programs in the area – this year will go to helping the fight against the 3rd gas-generated power plant in Brandywine.
plant swap flyer (PDF)
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January 18, 2016
CAPG group finalized their mission statement today. The group took into account the various goals of its diverse membership and voted on the following:
So Everybody Can Breathe Easy
Mission Statement of Clean Air Prince George’s
A diverse network of local citizens, Clean Air Prince George’s works for the public good in four areas:
- Reversing the extraordinary proliferation of fossil fuel power plants and other polluting industries that are turning our community into an environmental sacrifice zone.
- Promoting renewable energy initiatives and other sustainable, long-term, development projects that will further our community’s economic and social recovery.
- Holding public servants accountable for the decisions they make and the ways they make them.
- Preserving our rural area and its natural resources including clean air, watersheds, wetlands, forests and farms.
We believe that the welfare of present and future generations and the integrity of the environment call for vigorous action on our part in all these areas. We welcome involvement by anyone wanting to join us in this effort.