James DeYoung Power Plant has 4 groundwater monitoring wells, 3 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between January 10, 2018 and January 10, 2018. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of arsenic, lead, lithium, molybdenum and sulfate.Site description
Holland Board of Public Works (BPW)’s James DeYoung Power Plant opened in 1939 and is located on the bank of Macatawa River in Holland, Michigan. It has three coal-fired generating units that are capable of producing 62.8 megawatts (MW) of electricity. On May 20, 2016, BPW discontinued the use of Unit 3; and on June 1, 2017, BPW officially shutdown and retired all generating units at the plant. When Units 3-5 were operating, bottom ash from these boilers was sluiced to the first of three surface impoundments located to the south of the plant. The Surface Impoundment System is regulated under the CCR rule. You can find the industry-reported data here.
For more information on the James DeYoung Power Plant, see EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report .