James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant has 36 groundwater monitoring wells, 20 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between February 23, 2016 and October 02, 2019. 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 in Bucks, Alabama in Mobile County 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 has a total capacity of 2,370-MW; 1,370-MW of this from its two coal-fired units and 1,000-MW from its four gas-fired units. 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.