Buck Steam Station

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Buck Steam Station has 14 groundwater monitoring wells, 3 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between March 07, 2011 and March 04, 2015. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of manganese.

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.

For more information regarding Buck Steam Station, visit SoutheastCoalAsh.org.

Monitoring Wells Wells reporting one or more exceedances for at least one pollutant.
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Pollutants monitored and above guidelines
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Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
antimony arsenic barium boron cadmium chromium copper lead mercury nickel nitrate selenium sulfate thallium
Pollutants not monitored
ammonia, beryllium, cobalt, cyanide, fluoride, gross alpha particle, gross beta particle, hexavalent chromium, lithium, molybdenum, nitrite, radium, silver, strontium, tritium, uranium

Facility last updated on Thursday, March 23, 2017 03:30:54 PM EDT