Montour Steam Station has 19 groundwater monitoring wells, 18 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between May 16, 2016 and September 20, 2019. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, cobalt, radium, barium, cadmium, antimony and beryllium.Site description
Talen Energy Company’s Montour Power Plant is in Washingtonville, Pennsylvania along the banks of a tributary to the Susquehanna River in Montour County. The Montour Plant began operation in 1971 and is now capable of producing 1,515 MW from its two coal-fired units. As of 2017, Talen Energy Company has been researching into the conversion for one of its two coal-fired units to natural gas. Talen has committed to stopping the burning of coal at the Montour facility by 2025. The Montour Plant disposes of wastewater treatment sludge, fly ash, mill rejects, and sump sludges into Disposal Area 3, a residual waste landfill just south of the main generation station. There is also a 155-acre unlined dike disposal impoundment, Basin 1, where fly ash, bottom ash, and mill rejects are disposed. Both Area 3 and Basin 1 are regulated under the CCR rule. You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information on Montour Plant, see EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report.