C.R. Huntley Station

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C.R. Huntley Station has 33 groundwater monitoring wells, 28 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between January 25, 2010 and October 15, 2019. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of sulfate, arsenic, boron, manganese, antimony, thallium, lead, chromium, lithium and cadmium.

Site description

NRG Energy’s C.R. Huntley Generating Station was in Tonawanda, New York along the banks of the Niagara River in Erie County. Plant Huntley was completely retired in 2016, operating seven coal-fired units that produced a combined 816-MW throughout the lifespan of the plant. Plant Huntley was completely shut down in 2016 due to a combination of aging equipment, community outcry, and disinterest in converting the plant to run natural gas.

The station sent fly ash, bottom ash, pyrites, and wastewater treatment sludge to its 117-acre landfill during its time as a coal-fired facility. Plant Huntley owned and operated its onsite South Settling Pond and offsite Landfill that stored coal ash waste. The South Settling Pond and Landfill are both regulated under the CCR-rule. This facility is among the U.S. EPA's list of potential damage cases, indicating that it has potentially polluted groundwater or surface water levels which threaten human health and the environment.

You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information about the Huntley Generating Station, see EIP's 2019 National Coal Ash Report.

Monitoring Wells Wells reporting one or more exceedances for at least one pollutant.
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Pollutants monitored and above guidelines
Tip: Click on a contaminant to view wells that have recorded exceedances. Click again to remove the filter. antimony arsenic boron cadmium chromium lead lithium manganese sulfate thallium
Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
barium beryllium cobalt fluoride mercury molybdenum radium selenium
Pollutants not monitored
ammonia, copper, cyanide, gross alpha particle, gross beta particle, hexavalent chromium, nickel, nitrate, nitrite, silver, strontium, tritium, uranium

Facility last updated on Friday, October 21, 2022 10:19:21 AM EDT