James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant

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James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant has 26 groundwater monitoring wells, 17 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between February 23, 2016 and September 14, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of arsenic, cobalt, radium and selenium.

Site description

Alabama Power Company’s James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant is located in Bucks, Alabama along the Mobile River. Since 2015, the Barry Power Plant has converted two of its six operating units from coal-fired to natural gas and retired another unit completely. The Plant Barry operates both ash and gypsum waste ponds on site. The ash pond is just southeast of the main plant along the Mobile River, while the gypsum pond is located southwest of the plant, between Sister’s Creek and Cold Creek.

The Ash Pond and Gypsum Pond are both regulated under the CCR rule. You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information on the Barry Power Plant, see EIP’s Report Coal's Poisonous Legacy.

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 boron cadmium chromium fluoride lead lithium mercury molybdenum sulfate 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, June 11, 2019 02:42:21 PM EDT