Wateree Station has 12 groundwater monitoring wells, 5 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between April 20, 2010 and November 01, 2013. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of arsenic, sulfate, cadmium and lead.Site description
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company's Wateree Station is a 772 MW coal-fired plant located near Eastover, South Carolina, along the Wateree River. It began operating in the early 1970s. The facility burns around 1,800,000 tons of coal and produces an average of 175,000 tons of ash every year. The facility operates two 80-acre ash ponds and a lined dry ash landfill. The ash ponds previously received both bottom and coal ash. Since 2013, ash generated at Wateree has been either disposed of in an on-site dry ash landfill or sold to the cement industry. Due to consistently high levels of arsenic detected in groundwater wells on-site, the owners of the station entered into a legal settlement with the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and agreed to remove all coal ash from the ponds and place it in lined landfills away from the Wateree River by 2020.
Wateree Station is among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of potential damage cases, indicating that it has potentially polluted groundwater or surface water at levels which threaten human health and the environment. For more information regarding the Wateree Station, see EIP's 2010 report, Out of Control and visit SoutheastCoalAsh.org.