Paradise Fossil Plant

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Paradise Fossil Plant has 37 groundwater monitoring wells, 32 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between June 16, 2010 and October 03, 2019. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, cobalt, boron, arsenic, molybdenum, manganese and nickel.

Site description

Paradise Fossil Plant was a 2,379-MW coal-fired power plant located near Drakesboro, Kentucky along the Green River in Muhlenberg County. The plant is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), began operating in 1963, and contained three generating units. Paradise units 1 and 2 (704 MW each) were retired in 2017 and have been replaced with a gas-fired plant. In February 2019, TVA's final environmental assessment concluded the company should shut down the final coal unit, unit 3 (971-MW), by 2023. On February 14, 2019, the TVA board voted 5-2 vote to shut down unit 3 by 2020, and it was ultimately retired in February 2020. The plant operates three units that regulated under the CCR rule: Gypsum Disposal Area and Stilling Ponds, Peabody Ash Pond, Slag Ponds 2A, 2B, and Slag Stilling Pond 2C.

You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information about the Paradise Fossil Plant, 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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Pollutants monitored and above guidelines
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Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
antimony barium beryllium cadmium chromium copper fluoride lead mercury nitrate radium selenium silver thallium
Pollutants not monitored
ammonia, cyanide, gross alpha particle, gross beta particle, hexavalent chromium, nitrite, strontium, tritium, uranium

Facility last updated on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 04:53:58 PM EDT