La Cygne Generating Station

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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 November 08, 2019. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, antimony and cobalt.

Site description

La Cygne Generating Station is a 1,599-MW capacity coal-fired power station with two units near La Cygne, Kansas in Linn County, co-owned by Evergy Kansas Central and Evergy Metro (both owned by Evergy). La Cygne has been in operation since 1973. The station 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.

You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information about the La Cygne Generating Station, see EIP's 2019 National Coal Ash Report.

Monitoring Wells Wells reporting one or more exceedances for at least one pollutant.
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Pollutants monitored and above guidelines
Tip: Click on a contaminant to view wells that have recorded exceedances. Click again to remove the filter. antimony cobalt lithium sulfate
Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
arsenic barium beryllium boron cadmium chromium fluoride lead mercury molybdenum radium selenium 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 Monday, October 17, 2022 11:04:09 AM EDT