Newton Power Station has 18 groundwater monitoring wells, 14 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between December 15, 2015 and November 29, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of arsenic, sulfate, molybdenum, cobalt, radium, lead, lithium and thallium.Site description
Newton Power Station is a 1,235 MW located in Newton, Illinois next to Newton Lake. Newton began operations in 1977, and retired one unit in 2016. The plant disposed of ash in two disposal areas: the Primary Ash Pond and Landfill 2.
For more information about plant coal ash impoundments, visit the Prairie Rivers Network's Coal Ash Map.
For more information on Newton Power Station, see EIP's report, America's Top Power Plant Toxic Air Polluters.