Baldwin Energy Complex

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Baldwin Energy Complex has 32 groundwater monitoring wells, 28 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between February 23, 2010 and September 25, 2019. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, manganese, boron, arsenic, molybdenum, nitrate, cobalt and antimony.

Site description

Baldwin Energy Complex is a facility previously owned and operated by Dynegy in Baldwin, Illinois in Randolph County, with a peak capacity of 1,895-MW. The facility was first built in 1970. In 2018 Dynegy merged with Vistra Energy, who now own the facility. Baldwin had three coal-fired units, with Unit 3 going offline in October 2016. The entire facility is scheduled for retirement by 2025.

Baldwin reported the on-site release of 1,597,954 pounds of waste in 2014 according to the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory. Dynegy settled with the Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, and the State of Illinois in 2005 after violating Clean Air Act permitting provisions. The settlement most notably included the installation of $500 million worth of pollution control equipment. Havana Power Station, Hennepin Power Station, Vermilion Power Station, and Wood River Station were also involved in this settlement. The station has a Bottom Ash Pond and Fly Ash Ponds regulated under the CCR rule.

You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information about Baldwin Energy Complex, 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 cobalt lithium manganese molybdenum nitrate sulfate
Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
barium beryllium cadmium chromium copper fluoride lead mercury nickel radium selenium silver thallium
Pollutants not monitored
ammonia, cyanide, gross alpha particle, gross beta particle, hexavalent chromium, nitrite, strontium, tritium, uranium

Facility last updated on Friday, October 14, 2022 11:12:14 AM EDT