Plant Bowen

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Plant Bowen has 98 groundwater monitoring wells, 17 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between February 29, 2016 and October 12, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of boron, sulfate, antimony, molybdenum, cobalt, radium and arsenic.

Site description

Plant Bowen is a 2,000 acre coal-fired power plant in Euharlee, Georgia, bordered by the Etowah River. Owned and operated by Georgia Power Company, Bowen has four coal-fired units that produce 3,376 MW of electricity. The plant has four disposal areas: one unlined ash pond and three unlined landfill areas. The 257-acre ash pond is located approximately 100 feet away from the river, and contains 21.4 million cubic yards of coal ash. In 2002, a sinkhole beneath the ash pond funneled two million pounds of coal ash into a tributary of the Etowah River. Georgia Power has announced plans to stop disposing of ash in the ash pond, and “close” the pond by removing the water and leaving the coal ash in place.

For more information on Plant Bowen, see EIP's report, America's Top Power Plant Toxic Air Polluters and 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
Tip: Click on a contaminant to view wells that have recorded exceedances. Click again to remove the filter. antimony arsenic boron cobalt molybdenum radium sulfate
Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
barium beryllium cadmium chromium fluoride lead lithium mercury selenium thallium
Pollutants not monitored
ammonia, copper, cyanide, gross alpha particle, gross beta particle, hexavalent chromium, manganese, nickel, nitrate, nitrite, silver, strontium, tritium, uranium

Facility last updated on Monday, July 22, 2019 12:54:50 PM EDT