W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station has 61 groundwater monitoring wells, 59 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between May 24, 2010 and October 10, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of sulfate, manganese, strontium, fluoride, arsenic, boron, molybdenum, chromium, cobalt, selenium and barium.Site description
The W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station is a 2,697 MW plant located adjacent to Smithers Lake, near Thompsons, Texas. It is the largest power plant in Texas and the second largest fossil-fuel burning plant in the country. The plant began operations in 1977 and currently operates four coal-fired units and four natural gas-fired units.This facility is among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of potential damage cases, indicating that it has potentially polluted groundwater or surface water at levels which threaten human health and the environment. Plant W.A. Parish operates three coal ash disposal units: Unit 001, Unit 020 and Unit 021. You can find the industry reported data here.
For more information on the W.A. Parish Generating Station, see EIP's reports, Risky Business, Groundwater Contamination from Texas Coal Ash Dumps and EIP's 2019 National Coal Ash Report Coal's Poisonous Legacy.
For more information about Texas Coal Ash, see Earthjustice's fact sheet, Texas and Coal Ash Disposal in Ponds and Landfills.