Cherokee Station has 5 groundwater monitoring wells, 5 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between December 08, 2015 and December 09, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, molybdenum, boron, cobalt, lead, arsenic and radium.Site description
Cherokee Station is a 801 MW facility owned and operated by Xcel Energy. Units 1 and 2 were shut down in 2011-2012 to be converted to natural gas plants in 2015. Unit 3 shut down in 2015 and Unit 4 was converted to natural gas in 2017. Cherokee is located in Denver, Colorado where 61,559 people live within a 3-mile radius of the plant. Three of the plant's impoundments are regulated under the federal coal ash rule: the West, Center, and East bottom ash impoundments which have been inactive since 2017 and will close in 2018.
For more information on Cherokee Station, see EIP's report, Dirty Kilowatts.