Plant Hammond has 35 groundwater monitoring wells, 10 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between March 22, 2016 and October 05, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of cobalt, boron, sulfate, molybdenum and arsenic.Site description
Plant Hammond, an 865 MW coal plant owned by the Georgia Power Company, is located in Floyd County, Georgia, near the Coosa River. Hammond opened in 1954 and has four coal-fired units. The plant operates three active disposal areas: two unlined ash ponds and one landfill that together contained 60,000 cubic yards of coal ash. Plant Hammond also has a third, inactive, unlined ash pond that stores over one million cubic yards of coal ash as deep as 44 feet next to the Coosa River. Georgia Power has announced plans to close this pond by draining the water and capping the ash in place.