John E. Amos Power Plant has 43 groundwater monitoring wells, 19 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between May 31, 2011 and November 02, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of manganese, arsenic, cobalt and radium.Site description
Appalachian Power Company's John Amos Power Plant is a 2,933 MW coal-fired power plant located near along the Kanawha River in Winfield, West Virginia. The plant operates three landfills and six unlined surface impoundments that were commissioned in 1971. The Landfill, Bottom Ash Pond and Fly Ash Pond are regulated under the CCR rule. The Bottom Ash Pond is used for sedimentation and storage of bottom ash produces as a waste product in burning pulverized coal at the plant. The pond also receives various streams of waste water from the plant. The Bottom Ash Pond and landfill are in active use. Amos Plant is making plans to close the bottom ash pond and move the material to a lined landfill. Amos Plant uses dry fly ash handling and no longer requires use of the Fly Ash Pond. This pond has been capped and was closed at the end of 2017. 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. You can find the industry-reported data here. For more information on the John E Amos Plant, see EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report.