New Castle Generating Station

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New Castle Generating Station has 10 groundwater monitoring wells, 8 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between December 29, 2015 and December 29, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of sulfate, arsenic, lithium, boron, cobalt, molybdenum, thallium and selenium.

Site description

GenOn Energy Incorporated’s New Castle Power Plant is located in Lawrence County, PA along the banks of the Beaver River. The New Castle Plant began operations as a three unit coal-fired plant in 1960, capable of generating 348 MW from its three units. As of 2016, the plant has been converted to run solely on natural gas, producing 325 MW. EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report ranks New Castle Plant’s Ash Pond 5th in the top 10 Most Contaminated Sites in the Country. 2017 CCR groundwater data reveals that arsenic levels at New Castle Plant’s Ash landfill exceed 400 times the level safe for drinking water. The New Castle Plant Ash Pond and Landfill are regulated under the CCR rule. You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information on the adverse effects of coal-ash groundwater pollution from plants like New Castle power Plant, see EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report.

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 beryllium cadmium chromium fluoride lead mercury radium
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 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:20:27 AM EDT