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  • The power of PoP coming through yet again.

  • I didn’t think you were allowed to simply wash the grease away. Aren’t there fines if anything other than storm water enters a storm drain? I also understand if cars drive through and track the grease you’ll want to clean the underside of the cars as old food grease can stink when it’s hot and the odor can linger for weeks.

    I guess my question is whether they are having the spill professionally remediated or if they are just pushing it into the alley?

  • Good for them cleaning up. There was a BBQ place at 14/U (think I noticed that it’s out of business now) that constantly leaked into the alley, which would then pour all the way down U street, towards 13, until finally going down a storm drain. My repeated complaints fell on deaf ears. Every time, BBQ place acted like they had no idea of issue.

  • Wait. Are they just pressure washing the spilled grease into the drain? That…that doesn’t fix the grease spill. That pushes it into the sewer system, where it causes even more problems.

    • oh for f—‘s sake. this isn’t an EPA superfund site. they’re cleaning it in a reasonable way. this is exactly why this kind of public shaming is getting so ridiculous, and it’s probably the reason why taylor didn’t respond to the OP from yesterday. the moment that the target tries to do the right thing, more people pile on and continue the criticism.

      • “this isn’t an EPA superfund site”
        Have you recently tried one of their hoagies? They’re criminally bad.

      • The thing is – this type of spill is regulated. Just washing it down the street is not the correct way to deal with it.

      • No one said that it was a superfund site, and in no way was the post public shaming. You don’t pour oils and fats down the drain, because they congeal and clog things up. This isn’t anything new. End of story.

      • I think the point here is that they’re not “cleaning it” (in a responsible way or otherwise). Instead, they’re “relocating it” so that instead of causing aesthetic/olfactory issues in the alleyway, it will cause more problems in the storm drains. It’s great if they’re getting a replacement tank, but if they acknowledge that a tank is proper and necessary to dispose of the grease, the interim solution of flushing it down the drain is, on its face, inappropriate.

        • It appears that the worker has a mop bucket as well, which may have been filled with a biodegradable detergent. If that’s the case, I’m genuinely confused what else people are expecting taylor to do.

  • Love Taylor and their quick response! Great management, great food.

  • Are they going to pressure wash the entire alley? The space in the center of the alley, and between 11th and 12th street is filthy. It appears they are just pressure washing the area directly behind the business. Taylor are you addressing this?

  • BTW love the URL for this page “Which sandwich is making all this grease anyway”

  • Where in the Anacostia is all the grease going? Power washing this only pushes it downstream.

  • justinbc

    If only the complaints about their food quality prompted this quick of a response…

  • Lots of these responses remind me of the Proof thread a few weeks ago.
    1. Posters express (disproportionate) outrage over questionable business practice (disproportionate in this case, I think the reaction to the Proof sign was appropriate).
    2. Business addresses concerns – in this case, ordering a new grease tank and cleaning up spill.
    I know this is a function of the internet age, where people have more agency – and generally that’s a good thing. But sometimes it’s not.

    • DCD I agree with you on this, but the business was contacted multiple times with no response, the city was contacted multiple times and then it all happened again and repeated itself. At that point what options are you left with beyond (lightly put) public shaming?

      • So you’re saying that you don’t believe the initial “outrage” was disproportionate? That’s fine, reasonable minds can disagree. As someone pointed out yesterday, I’m a little puzzled by the notion that the business owes a response to an individual about a complaint like this (I’d be more annoyed at the city’s lack of response), but I wasn’t really referring the original post raising the issue as disproportionate, but to many of the comments.

    • This is incredibly incisive!

  • The soap will help dissolve the grease. The amount actually on the pavement is minimal and the soap and water together will dilute it enough that it won’t clog 12″ water mains and by the time it gets to the anacostia the ppm of fat will be minimal. Not only that, it’s not a hydrocarbon, it’s a vegetable oil of some sort so the threat to begin with was far less, minimized by the small amount, minimized further by the soap, and minimized further by the dilution.

    The pollution issue is why the grease shouldn’t have been spilled in the first place, but once it is there’s a limit on what you can do or should do when the actual amount is quite small.

    • Simple Green + Power Washer. Originally it looked like they were simply going to rely on this weekends rain to clean it up.

  • DPW writes:

    A notice of violation was issued and the business was ordered to clean the area.

    Area is being cleaned.

    We will monitor weekly.

  • jim_ed

    Tough but fair.

  • Smilla

    I agree that the photo makes it look like they’re simply washing the grease into the sewer system. Bad idea and not a solution.
    DC Water’s public tours of the Blue Plains Water Treatment plant are excellent.(https://www.dcwater.com/tours). Really eye-opening. You’ll think twice about what you flush/throw down the drain after touring the place. Litterbugs and people who are caught violating waste disposal laws should be forced to take the tour, and chronic violators should be forced to work in the sorting facility for a few weeks.

  • This is not the proper method for cleanup, so I think it makes sense to forward this post to the DC Department of Environment so they can get involved.


    • Thanks for sharing.

      I will call tomorrow.

      If a large spill occurs and reaches or enters the storm drain, call the District Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency at (202) 727-6161.

  • I spoke with the district department of the environment today and they are responding.