Shawnee Fossil Plant

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Shawnee Fossil Plant has 19 groundwater monitoring wells, 16 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between February 10, 2010 and October 05, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of manganese, boron, sulfate, molybdenum, cobalt, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, lead, nickel and strontium.

Site description

Shawnee Fossil Plant is a 1,750 MW coal-fired power plant located near Paducah, Kentucky, along the Ohio River. The plant, which is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority, has been in operation since 1966. Shawnee has nine active generating units with a summer net generating capacity of 1,206 megawatts. The plant's Unit 10 was idled in 2010 and 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. You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information on the Shawnee 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 cadmium copper fluoride lithium mercury nitrate radium selenium silver thallium
Pollutants not monitored
ammonia, cyanide, gross alpha particle, gross beta particle, hexavalent chromium, nitrite, tritium, uranium

Facility last updated on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 01:47:20 PM EDT