Cooper Power Station has 8 groundwater monitoring wells, 5 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between December 07, 2016 and October 09, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, molybdenum and sulfate.Site description
Cooper Power Station is a 344 MW facility owned by the East Kentucky Power Cooperative near Somerset, Kentucky. The station is adjacent to Lake Cumberland. The Cooper Power Station has one landfill regulated under the federal coal ash rule. Cooper has two coal-fired generating units: Unit No. 2 which went on line in October 1969 and Unit No. 1 that went on line in February 1965.
Following a settlement between East Kentucky Power Cooperative and the EPA in July 2007, the company was required to spend $650 million in pollution upgrades and $750,000 in penalties. The EPA had filed the lawsuit against Cooper for illegally modifying and increasing air pollution at two of its coal-fired power plants.
For more information on Cooper Power Station, see EIP's report, America's Top Power Plant Toxic Air Polluters.