Reid Gardner Generating Station has 117 groundwater monitoring wells, 114 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between February 28, 2010 and August 23, 2013. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of sulfate, arsenic, molybdenum, boron, manganese, strontium, fluoride, selenium, nickel, chromium, nitrate, cadmium, beryllium, lead and copper.Site description
Reid Gardner Generating Station was a 557-MW coal-fired power plant located near Moapa, Nevada on the Muddy River. The station began operating in 1965 and retired in 2017. According to a 2013 report by NV Energy, past on-site spills, unlined and clay-lined wastewater and ash ponds, and a former diesel fuel delivery system were the primary sources of shallow groundwater contamination at the site. Groundwater at the site has been monitored for more than 35 years at over 100 monitoring wells.
Reid Gardner Generating Station is listed among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of proven damage cases, indicating that operations at the site have contaminated ground or surface water above drinking water standards and health advisories. For additional information about the site, read EIP's report Out of Control.Data note: Sample dates for 2010's first quarter monitoring reports are estimated.