J. Robert Welsh Power Plant

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J. Robert Welsh Power Plant has 13 groundwater monitoring wells, 10 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between May 26, 2016 and November 08, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of cobalt, lithium, sulfate, radium, beryllium, arsenic, fluoride, thallium, boron, lead, cadmium and chromium.

Site description

The J. Robert Welsh Power Plant is a 1,056 MW coal power plant located in Cason, Texas. Welsh is operated by Southwestern Electric Power Company, a subsidiary of American Electric Power. Welsh has three units, although Unit 2 was decommissioned in April 2016 in order to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The disposal areas regulated under the federal coal ash rule are the Bottom Ash Storage Pond, Primary Bottom Ash Pond, and Landfill. The Primary Ash Pond and Bottom Ash Storage Pond are 28.4 and 20 acres in size, respectively, from Welsh’s 2017 Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report.

For more information on J. Robert Welsh Power Plant, see EIP's report, America's Top Power Plant Toxic Air Polluters.

For more information about Texas Coal Ash, see Earthjustice's fact sheet, Texas and Coal Ash Disposal in Ponds and Landfills.

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Pollutants monitored and above guidelines
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Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
antimony barium mercury molybdenum selenium
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 Friday, October 26, 2018 03:27:14 PM EDT