Spurlock Station has 19 groundwater monitoring wells, 17 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between March 08, 2010 and August 22, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, boron, radium, arsenic, molybdenum, barium, cadmium, sulfate, selenium, thallium, antimony and manganese.Site description
Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative's Spurlock Station is located in Maysville, Kentucky along the Ohio River. The power station began operating in 1977, and additional coal-fired units were built on-site and began operating in 1981, 2005, and 2008. Dry fly ash and gypsum from the station are disposed of in a landfill uphill from the power station, and bottom ash is disposed of in a 3,800-foot long bottom ash pond located 200 feet from the Ohio River. The station and its disposal areas are located in a karst limestone area where cave systems promote rapid groundwater flow.
Spurlock Station is listed among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's potential damage cases, indicating that it has potentially polluted groundwater or surface water at levels which threaten human health and the environment. For more information about Spurlock Station, see EIP's 2010 report, In Harm's Way and visit SoutheastCoalAsh.org.