Big Sandy Plant

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Big Sandy Plant has 15 groundwater monitoring wells, 10 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between September 08, 2016 and November 28, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of arsenic, radium, cobalt, sulfate, beryllium and lithium.

Site description

Big Sandy Plant was a 1,097 MW facility owned by American Electric Power in Louisa, Kentucky. Big Sandy Unit 1 closed in November 2015 and was converted to a natural gas plant in May 2016. Big Sandy Unit 2 was shut down in May 2015. The plant has two ash disposal areas regulated under the federal coal ash rule: the Big Sandy Plant Bottom Ash and Big Sandy Plant Fly Ash. Big Sandy's Fly Ash impoundment is on the EPA's 2009 High Hazard Potential Ratings list.

For more information on Big Sandy Plant, see EIP's report, America's Top Power Plant Toxic Air Polluters.

For more information about Kentucky coal ash, see Earthjustice's factsheet, Coal Ash in Kentucky.

Monitoring Wells Wells reporting one or more exceedances for at least one pollutant.
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Pollutants monitored and above guidelines
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Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
antimony barium boron cadmium chromium fluoride lead mercury molybdenum 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 Friday, September 21, 2018 11:35:38 AM EDT