John E. Amos Power Plant has 24 groundwater monitoring wells, 9 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between May 31, 2011 and December 31, 2013. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of manganese and arsenic.Site description
Appalachian Power Company/AEP's John Amos Power Plant is a 2,933 MW coal-fired power plant located near Winfield, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The plant operates three landfills and six unlined surface impoundments that were commissioned in 1971. The 175-acre unlined Scary Creek Impoundment contains fly ash and has a High hazard rating potential according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). The other five impoundments contain bottom ash, and have a significant hazard rating potential from the U.S. EPA.
The John Amos Power Plant is listed among the U.S. EPA's proven damage cases, indicating that it has polluted groundwater or surface water at levels which threaten human health and the environment. For more information regarding the John Amos Plant, see EIP's 2010 report, Out of Control and 2011 report, America's Top Power Plant Toxic Air Polluters.