JH Campbell Generating Complex has 85 groundwater monitoring wells, 60 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between March 31, 2010 and September 27, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of boron, selenium, molybdenum, barium, arsenic, lithium, chromium, antimony, cadmium and thallium.Site description
The JH Campbell Generating Complex owned by the Consumers Energy Company and is located about one mile east of Lake Michigan. Campbell has a lined landfill and four ponds regulated under the federal coal ash rule. The only active impoundments are Bottom Ash Ponds Unit 1-2 and Ponda A, as the Bottom Ash Pond Unit 3 began closure in June 2017. The ash ponds are approximately 267 acres in size and the landfill is approximately 108 acres. In response to an Environmental Protection Agency request for data in 2010, Consumer's Energy admitted that discharges from the Complex contaminated groundwater in excess of state and/or federal standards for antimony, boron, chromium, lead, selenium, vanadium, cadmium, lead, manganese and zinc - though the facility does not routinely analyze groundwater samples for cadmium or lead. Two of the station's units will be closed by 2031, with the final unit closing by 2040.
JH Campbell Generating Complex is among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of potential damage cases, indicating that it has potentially polluted groundwater or surface water at levels which threaten human health and the environment.
For more information about Michigan coal ash, see Earthjustice's factsheet, Coal Ash in Michigan.