La Cygne Generating Station has 28 groundwater monitoring wells, 27 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between June 06, 2016 and January 09, 2018. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, antimony and cobalt.Site description
La Cygne Generating Station is owned by Kansas City Power & Light Company and Westar Energy. The station is operated by Great Plans Energy near La Cygne, Kansas. La Cygne has been in operation since 1973. The station has two units and handles coal ash in the Landfill, Upper AQC Impoundment, and Bottom Ash Impoundment which are regulated by the federal coal ash rule. The Lower AQC Impoundment is not regulated. The Upper AQC Impoundment is 334 acres in size, the Landfill is 131 acres, and the Bottom Ash Impoundment is 2 acres.
A lawsuit was filed against La Cygne on April 23, 2018 claiming that emissions from the plant caused a woman to be sickened with an incurable illness after using and drinking water from a well downstream from the plant.
For more information about Kansas coal ash, see Earthjustice's factsheet, Kansas and Coal Ash Disposal in Ponds and Landfills.