Plant Scherer

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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 one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the United 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 south of the plant. There are four coal-fired units that power the facility and produce nearly 3,600 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 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. You can find the industry's data summary reports here.

For more information on Plant Scherer, see EIP's report, America's Top Power Plant Toxic Air Polluters and EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report Coal's Poisonous Legacy.

Monitoring Wells Wells reporting one or more exceedances for at least one pollutant.
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Pollutants monitored and above guidelines
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Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
antimony barium beryllium cadmium chromium fluoride lead lithium mercury molybdenum radium 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 Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:13:32 AM EDT