Buck Steam Station

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Buck Steam Station has 108 groundwater monitoring wells, 24 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between March 07, 2011 and September 27, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of cobalt, sulfate, lithium, manganese, molybdenum, antimony and lead.

Site description

Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station began operating in 1926 in Spencer, North Carolina along the Yadkin River. At its peak, it had four coal-fired units that could generate 256 megawatts (MW). Duke Energy retired all units at the steam station during 2011-2013. The site is now home to a new 620 (MW) natural gas-fired power plant. The Environmental Protection Agency designated three of the ash ponds on-site as having significant-hazard dams.

The State of North Carolina entered into a consent decree with Duke Energy in August 2013 regarding seeps and other un-permitted discharges to groundwater at the site. As of June 2014, nearby residents and environmental groups expressed concerns about residential wells contaminated with chromium.

Three units near the station, Ash Basin 1, 2 and 3, are regulated under the CCR rule. You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information on the Buck Steam 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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One or more exeedances
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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 cobalt lead lithium manganese molybdenum sulfate
Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
arsenic barium beryllium boron cadmium chromium copper fluoride hexavalent chromium mercury nickel nitrate radium selenium strontium thallium
Pollutants not monitored
ammonia, cyanide, gross alpha particle, gross beta particle, nitrite, silver, tritium, uranium

Facility last updated on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 01:19:13 PM EDT