Independence Steam Station

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Independence Steam Station has 21 groundwater monitoring wells, 4 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between May 26, 2010 and November 20, 2017. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of boron, lithium, manganese, sulfate and selenium.

Site description

Entergy's Independence Steam Station is located in Newark, Arkansas, about four miles from the confluence of the Black and White Rivers. Coal ash waste from the plant is disposed of in a landfill. According to Entergy's Revised 2012 Sampling and Analysis Plan, groundwater beneath the landfill generally flows east-southeast toward the Black River, but the flow direction beneath the landfill shifts from northeasterly to southeasterly due to local influences on groundwater levels. The plant also operates two wastewater recycle ponds and one surge pond.

The CCR Landfill is regulated under the CCR rule. You can find the industry reported data here. For more information on the Independence Steam Station, see EIP’s 2019 National Coal Ash Report Coal's Poisonous Legacy.

Independence Steam Station is listed among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's potential damage cases, indicating that activities at the site have potentially contributed to groundwater contamination.

Monitoring Wells Wells reporting one or more exceedances for at least one pollutant.
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Pollutants monitored and above guidelines
Tip: Click on a contaminant to view wells that have recorded exceedances. Click again to remove the filter. boron lithium manganese selenium sulfate
Pollutants monitored and below guidelines
antimony arsenic barium beryllium cadmium chromium cobalt fluoride lead mercury molybdenum radium strontium thallium
Pollutants not monitored
ammonia, copper, cyanide, gross alpha particle, gross beta particle, hexavalent chromium, nickel, nitrate, nitrite, silver, tritium, uranium

Facility last updated on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 09:42:44 AM EDT