Bruce Mansfield Power Plant has 75 groundwater monitoring wells, 42 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between March 02, 2010 and December 06, 2012. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of manganese, sulfate, arsenic, boron, selenium, barium, antimony, cobalt, thallium, cadmium and lead.Site description
FirstEnergy's Little Blue Run is the nation's largest coal ash impoundment. At nearly 1,700 acres, it straddles land in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. It is also completely un-lined. In July of 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection filed a complaint and consent decree, finding that the impoundment's seeps and associated discharges to groundwater may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to health or the environment in violation of federal law.
This action came 59 days after EIP, along with co-counsel at Public Justice, announced its intention to sue FirstEnergy, on behalf of community members with contaminated drinking water wells and property damage from seeps. The impoundment has also contaminated local creeks and streams with toxic pollution. Under the terms of the consent decree, FirstEnergy has agreed to close Little Blue Run by 2016. In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency identified Little Blue Run as a location where coal ash disposal activities had been proven to contaminate ground and surface water.
As of February 2019, Little Blue Run has deactivated two of its remaining three units, retiring close to 1,600 MW of electricity generation from coal. The final 830 MW unit is expected to retire in June 2021, completely ending all coal combustion operations at Little Blue Run. The Little Blue Run Disposal Facility is regulated under the CCR-rule. You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information on Little Blue Run, see EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report.