Ghent Generating Station has 23 groundwater monitoring wells, 16 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between December 06, 2016 and December 18, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, boron, molybdenum, sulfate, radium, cobalt, lead, arsenic, barium, beryllium, chromium, selenium and thallium.Site description
Ghent Generating Station is a 2,226 MW facility owned by Kentucky Utilities Company. The station opened in 1973 located on the Ohio River near Ghent, Kentucky. Following a settlement with the EPA in 2013, Kentucky Utilities was required to spend $57 million to upgrade Ghent Station as well as a $300,000 civil penalty due to sulfuric acid mist emissions. Ghent Generating Station has six coal ash disposal units regulated under the federal coal ash rule: Ash Treatment Basin 1 (125 acres in size), Secondary Pond (3 acres), Gypsum Stack (90 acres), Reclaim Pond, Ash Treatment Basin 2 (146 acres), and the Landfill (426 acres). The Reclaim Pond has a synthetic liner. Three of Ghent's coal ash surface impoundments are on the EPA's 2009 High Hazard Potential Ratings list.
For more information on Ghent Generating Station, 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.