Brame Energy Center has 27 groundwater monitoring wells, 13 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between February 24, 2010 and October 30, 2019. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of arsenic, cobalt, lead, lithium, beryllium, radium, barium and molybdenum.Site description
Brame Energy Center (formerly known as Rodemacher Power Station) has been operational since the mid-1970s. It is owned by CLECO and located near Lena, Louisiana in Rapides Parish. With three units, the center has a total capacity of 1,604-MW: Unit 1 of these is natural gas-fueled; Unit 2 is coal-fired; and Unit 3 can use multiple types of solid fuel (biomass, coal, and petroleum coke). The facility includes the following land disposal units: a fly ash pond, a bottom ash pond, an ash management area/Type I landfill, two metal cleaning waste ponds, a coal sedimentation pond, a landfill leachate collection pond, and a clarifier sludge sedimentation pond. The fly ash pond and bottom ash are regulated under the CCR rule.