William Crawford Gorgas Electric Generating Plant

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William Crawford Gorgas Electric Generating Plant has 37 groundwater monitoring wells, 34 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between April 28, 2016 and November 16, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, cobalt, arsenic, molybdenum, beryllium, boron and cadmium.

Site description

Alabama Power Company’s William C. Gorgas Electric Generating Plant opened in 1917 and is located along the banks of the Mulberry Fork Branch of the Black Warrior River in Walker County, AL. Plant Gorgas is a 5-unit coal-fired plant capable of producing 1,417 MW. Alabama Power Company plans to begin closing the Plant Gorgas Ash Pond in 2019.

The Ash Pond, Gypsum Pond, Bottom Ash Landfill, CCR Landfill, and Gypsum Landfill are all regulated under the CCR rule. You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information on the Gorgas Power Plant, see EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash 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
Tip: Click on a contaminant to view wells that have recorded exceedances. Click again to remove the filter. arsenic beryllium boron cadmium cobalt lithium molybdenum sulfate
Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
antimony barium chromium fluoride lead mercury radium 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, June 11, 2019 04:51:43 PM EDT