Paradise Fossil Plant has 16 groundwater monitoring wells, 12 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between June 16, 2010 and June 15, 2016. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of manganese, sulfate, cobalt, boron, arsenic and nickel.Site description
Paradise Fossil Plant is located on the Green River in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. There are several ash disposal areas at Paradise, covering hundreds of acres, including a pair of bottom ash ponds in an abandoned strip mine pit adjacent to the Green River, Jacob's Creek Ash Pond south of the plant, and a flue gas desulfurization (FGD) disposal area southwest of the plant. The area around the plant has been severely disturbed by strip mining. An aquifer 6 to 22 feet beneath the surface has been substantially removed by mining, and where it remains it is in direct contact with ash disposal areas. The plant is among the U.S. EPA's potential damage cases.
Two of the plant's three units will be retired by 2017.