Cherokee Station

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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.

For more information on Colorado coal ash, see the Clean Water Fund's report, Coal Ash, and Earthjustice's fact sheet, Colorado Coal Ash Disposal in Ponds and Landfills.

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. arsenic boron cobalt lead lithium molybdenum radium sulfate
Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
antimony barium beryllium cadmium chromium fluoride mercury 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 Tuesday, October 02, 2018 03:53:17 PM EDT