After being blasted by lawmakers and activists for its initial secrecy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency late this afternoon finally made public its list of 44 “high hazard” coal-ash impoundments around the country.
The list is posted here on EPA’s Web site, and I’ll list them below.
North Carolina had the most on the list, with 12, following by Arizona with 9. Kentucky had 7 and Ohio had six. West Virginia had 4.
It’s important to note that this “high hazard” ranking is defined this way by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
Dams assigned the high hazard potential classification are those where failure or misoperation will probably cause loss of human life.Â
As EPA explained in a news release:
The rating is not an indication of the structural integrity of the unit or the possibility that a failure will occur in the future; it merely allows dam safety and other officials to determine where significant damage or loss of life may occur if there is a structural failure of the unit.Â
For Coal Tattoo readers in West Virginia, I had previously mapped all of our state’s coal-ash impoundments, including those on today’s list. Click here for the story and the map.
Here’s the list:
|Company||Facility Name||Unit Name||Location/State Contact|
|American Electric Power||Big Sandy||Fly Ash||Louisa, KY|
|American Electric Power||General James M Gavin||Fly Ash Pond||Cheshire, OH|
|American Electric Power||John E Amos||Fly Ash Pond||St. Albans, W VA|
|American Electric Power||Muskingum River||Unit 5 Bottom Ash Pond (Lower Fly Ash Pond)||Waterford, OH|
|American Electric Power||Muskingum River||Middle Fly Ash Pond||Waterford, OH|
|American Electric Power||Tanners Creek||Fly Ash Pond||Lawrenceburg, IN|
|Arizona Electric Pwr Coop Inc||Apache Station Combustion Waste Disposal Facility||Ash Pond 1||Cochise, AZ|
|Arizona Electric Pwr Coop Inc||Apache Station Combustion Waste Disposal Facility||Scrubber Pond 2||Cochise, AZ|
|Arizona Electric Pwr Coop Inc||Apache Station Combustion Waste Disposal Facility||Evaporation 1||Cochise, AZ|
|Arizona Public Service Co||Cholla||Bottom Ash Pond||Joseph City AZ|
|Duke Energy Corp||Allen Steam Plant||Active Ash Pond||Belmont, NC|
|Duke Energy Corp||Buck||New Primary Pond||Spencer, NC|
|Duke Energy Corp||Buck||Primary Pond||Spencer, NC|
|Duke Energy Corp||Dan River||Primary Pond||Eden,NC|
|Duke Energy Corp||Riverbend||Secondary Pond||Mount Holly, NC|
|Dynegy Midwest Generation Inc||Havana||East Ash Pond||Havana, IL|
|First Energy Generation Corp||Bruce Mansfield||Little Blue Run Dam||Shippingport, PA|
|Kentucky Utilities Co||E W Brown||Auxiliary Pond||Harrodsburg, KY|
|Kentucky Utilities Co||Ghent||Gypsum Stacking Facility||Ghent, KY|
|Kentucky Utilities Co||Ghent||Ash Pond Basin 2||Ghent, KY|
|PPL Montana LLC||Colstrip Steam Electric Station||Units 1 & 2 Stage Evaporation Ponds (STEP)||Colstrip, MT|
|Progress Energy Carolinas Inc||Asheville||1964 Pond||Arden, NC|