Published December 1, 2016
Today the Potomac Riverkeepers Network announced they are offering a $1,000 reward for information identifying those responsible for an unidentified oily plume in the Potomac River, which could impact the drinking water for area residents.
“The bottom line is: this is a threat to the drinking water supply to millions of people and it’s requiring [many government agencies] to respond to this spill,” says Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeepers Network spokesperson. “This is a huge tax of resources on these agencies, so from our perspective, if this was done intentionally, this is illegal. We’re putting out this reward because we want to send a clear message that we want to find the person responsible and turn them over to authorities and demand prosecution.”
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has reassured residents that their drinking water remains safe and that the WSSC will be able to treat anything that gets into the system.
The 4-mile long, 30-by-60 foot wide slowly floating sheen of unidentified pollutant was identified Sunday about 45 miles upstream of the District, and has puzzled District and federal authorities since. On Monday the pollution traveled as far south as the Seneca Dam but has not progressed further downriver, the WSSC said….read more here.