Shawnee Fossil Plant

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Shawnee Fossil Plant has 14 groundwater monitoring wells, 13 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between February 10, 2010 and May 18, 2016. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of manganese, boron, sulfate, cobalt, molybdenum, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, lead, nickel and strontium.

Site description

Shawnee Fossil Plant is located on the Ohio River in West Paducah, Kentucky. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) had been operating 10 coal units at the site since the mid-1950s. Unit 10 was retired in 2014. Shawnee has a cumulative ash disposal area of just over 300 acres, including both ash ponds and ash landfills built over old ash ponds. All of these units are unlined, and they share a common groundwater monitoring system.

Shawnee is among the U.S. EPA'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. Read EIP's report TVA's Toxic Legacy and visit for more information about Shawnee Fossil Plant.

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 cadmium copper fluoride mercury nitrate selenium silver thallium
Pollutants not monitored
ammonia, cyanide, gross alpha particle, gross beta particle, hexavalent chromium, lithium, nitrite, radium, tritium, uranium

Facility last updated on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 09:51:33 AM EDT