E.C. Gaston Steam Plant has 37 groundwater monitoring wells, 14 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between March 23, 2016 and September 07, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of molybdenum, lithium, arsenic, boron, sulfate, cobalt, radium and lead.Site description
Alabama Power Company’s E.C. Gaston Steam Plant opened in 1960 and is located along the banks of the Coosa River in Shelby County, AL. Plant Gaston is coal-fired, capable of producing 2,103 total megawatts from its five units, of which four operate using natural gas. The largest, 880-MW unit still operates and will remain operating as a completely coal-fired unit according the Alabama Energy Company.
Plant Gaston’s 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 E.C. Gaston Steam Plant, see EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report Coal's Poisonous Legacy.