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 10, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, cobalt, boron, arsenic, manganese, molybdenum and nickel.

Site description

Paradise Fossil Plant is a 2,558 MW coal-fired power plant located near Drakeboro, Kentucky, along the Green River. The plant is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) began operating in 1963 and contains 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, by 2023. On February 14, 2019, the TVA board voted 5-2 vote to shut down unit 3 by 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 on 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, July 16, 2019 01:42:29 PM EDT