Colbert Fossil Plant

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Colbert Fossil Plant has 30 groundwater monitoring wells, 26 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between April 26, 2010 and September 27, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of molybdenum, arsenic, boron, manganese, antimony, cobalt, lithium, lead, sulfate, chromium and nickel.

Site description

The Colbert Fossil Plant houses two unlined ash impoundments, one active and one abandoned, and a coal ash landfill, that cumulatively cover over 150 acres along the Tennessee River in rural northwest Alabama. These coal ash areas have been seeping contaminants into the Tennessee River and one of its tributaries for almost 30 years, according to research conducted by EIP, in large part due to the fragile karst bedrock beneath the plant. This site is among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of potential damage cases. TVA plans to retire the plant in 2016.

Plant Colbert’s Ash Disposal Area 4 CCR unit is regulated under the CCR-rule. You can find the industry reported data here. For more information on the Colbert Fossil Plant see, EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report Coal's Poisonous Legacy .

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 chromium cobalt lead lithium manganese molybdenum nickel sulfate
Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
barium beryllium cadmium copper fluoride mercury nitrate radium selenium silver strontium thallium
Pollutants not monitored
ammonia, cyanide, gross alpha particle, gross beta particle, hexavalent chromium, nitrite, tritium, uranium

Facility last updated on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 03:33:45 PM EDT