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
Plant Scherer in Juliette, Georgia, is the largest coal-fired power plant in the Unites States. The 12,000 acre plant, opened in 1982 and is owned by the Georgia Power Company. Crisp is surrounded by mostly agricultural and residential land, including Lake Juliette, which is to the south of the plant. There are four coal-fired units that power the facility and produce almost 3600 MW. 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 it contains 15,462,000 cubic yards alone. Georgia Power intends to close the ash pond by leaving the coal ash in place, and not disposing off-sight.
For more information on Plant Scherer, see EIP's report, America's Top Power Plant Toxic Air Polluters.