Prairie State Energy has 20 groundwater monitoring wells, 12 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between December 08, 2015 and November 30, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of arsenic, cobalt, lead, lithium, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, molybdenum, radium and thallium.Site description
The Prairie State Energy Campus is a 1,600 MW coal-fired power plant that is owned by nine different power utilities, with majority ownership belonging to American Electric Power. When the second unit began operations in November 2012, Prairie became the largest US coal-fired plant built in the last 30 years. Prairie State is built on earthquake fault lines, between the Wabash seismic and New Madrid fault lines.
For more information about plant coal ash impoundments, visit the Prairie Rivers Network's Coal Ash Map.