Coast Guard retrieves batteries from Potomac River

BALTIMORE – Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker East based in Portsmouth, Va., along with assistance from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Potomac based in St. Inigoes, Md., recovered batteries near Hallowing Point Light in the Potomac River, Wednesday, that had previously fallen into the water due to icing conditions over the years.

The batteries will later be returned to their vendors so that they can be recycled.

“We’re trying to be good stewards in keeping the Potomac River clean,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey Smith, the officer in charge of ANT Potomac. “We recovered four batteries, which accounts for all batteries knocked into the water from this aid over the past three years.”

Regional Dive Locker East will be working with Coast Guard ANTs through the next two days in an attempt to recover more batteries from the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers.

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