Plant Scherer has 58 groundwater monitoring wells, 14 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between April 06, 2016 and October 12, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of cobalt, boron, sulfate, selenium and arsenic.Site description
Georgia Power Company’s Plant Scherer in Juliette, Georgia in Monroe County is one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the United States. The 12,000-acre plant opened in 1982 and has four coal-fired units with a net capacity of 3,720-MW of electricity. The plant is surrounded by mostly agricultural and residential land, including Lake Juliette, which is south of the plant. Crisp has three coal ash units: one ash pond and two landfills, which hold 28 million cubic yards of ash and wastewater. The 550-acre ash pond opened in 1982 and contains 15,462,000 cubic yards of coal ash. Georgia Power intends to close the ash pond by reducing the pond's footprint and closing it in-place. Plant Scherer's Cell 1, Ash Pond and PAC Ash Cell are regulated under the CCR rule.