River Rouge Power Plant has 6 groundwater monitoring wells, 5 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between August 05, 2016 and September 22, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of sulfate, arsenic, lithium, molybdenum, cobalt and beryllium.Site description
DTE Electric’s River Rouge Power Plant was a two-unit coal-fired power plant that has been online since 1957. One unit was retired in November 2015. The other is planned for retirement in 2022. The plant is located near Detroit River in River Rouge, Michigan. The Bottom Ash Basin (BAB) was constructed such that all CCR is held below the natural ground surface. The impoundment is lined with metal around the perimeters to approximately 30 feet below ground surface into the native soil. The BAB is used for receiving bottom ash and other process flow effluent pumped from the power plant to the eastern end of the BAB. You can find the industry-reported data here.
For more information on the River Rouge Power Plant, see EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report .