Clinch River Plant
Coal Combustion Residuals Monitoring & Reporting
In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed a new rule addressing the handling, storage and disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs). CCRs are the materials that remain after coal is burned.
Appalachian Power Company (APCO) is beginning the first steps in the new groundwater monitoring program.
The Clinch River Plant fly ash pond is included in the program. However, this ash pond initially was not covered by the CCR rule. It was added to the program at a later date. Because of that, this facility has different compliance dates.
APCO has installed 12 monitoring wells. It recently began the process of gathering the initial eight sample sets. The data from these samplings will establish baseline levels for 21 different substances in the groundwater at the ash storage site.
The ash pond is being closed. Clinch River Plant ceased burning coal in 2015 and no longer produces CCR material. The Plant now uses natural gas as fuel.