Bremo Power Station has 16 groundwater monitoring wells, 14 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between March 11, 2013 and February 03, 2015. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of manganese, arsenic, molybdenum, sulfate, boron and lead.Site description
Dominion Virginia Power's Bremo Power Station is located on the James River near Fork Union in Fluvanna County, Virginia. The power plant was originally commissioned in 1931 and burned coal until September 2013. The plant converted to natural gas in June 2014.
Bremo Power Station has three inactive coal ash disposal sites. According to a 2010 dam assessment report, the plant's North and West ash ponds were both rated as having a significant hazard potential, indicating that failure of the ponds could potentially cause economic and ecological damage. As of early 2016, closure of the ash ponds was expected to be completed by April 17, 2018. The plant also operates a storm water management pond and a metals pond.
Prior to converting to natural gas and initiating closure activities at the ash ponds, the site's groundwater sampling program was limited to only two wells: one upgradient of the North Ash Pond and one downgradient of the East Ash Pond. Samples were only collected once every 5 years for a limited number of pollutants.