Brandywine, MD is already the site of a gas-driven power plant. Operating since 1996, the Panda Brandywine power plant located at Rt. 301 and Cedarville Road uses waste water from a treatment plant as its water source. However, despite the presence of an existing power plant, a second plant is being proposed to be constructed in Brandywine! The proposed site at 17000 North Keyes Road in Brandywine is not served by public water nor sewer. The site is currently used for coal combustion waste disposal. The operators of the disposal site have been sued by the state of Maryland and others for violation of state and federal water pollution laws that has caused contamination of nearby Mataponi Creek. As residents of the area, we are concerned that further degradation of nearby water resources is possible if a new power plant is built. In addition to the current lack of sufficient water and sewer infrastructure, the local narrow, rural roads may be insufficient to support such a facility. The site is zoned Open Space, and it is located in the Rural Tier of Prince George's County. The location and operation of a large, industrial power plant in the Rural Tier is not compatible with land use definitions, as defined in the county Master Plan. Finally, the citizens of Brandywine may already be exposed to formaldehyde, benzene, ethyl benzene, acetaldehyde, propylene oxide, toluene, xylenes, among other pollutants due to their proximity to the existing plant. We are concerned that we could possibly be exposed to an increased amount of toxins if a second plant in located in Brandywine.
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