EPA names the names: Coal-ash pond list disclosed

June 29, 2009 by Ken Ward Jr.

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. 

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. 

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

3 Responses to “EPA names the names: Coal-ash pond list disclosed”

  1. rhmooney3 says:

    Sleep well.

    Engineers are professionally responsible — and, therefore, legally liable — to assure structural safety and to notify both their employeer AND the authorities when life and property are endangered.

    (Of course, only other engineers can make charges of unprofessionalism to Engineering certification boards and societies.)

    National Society of Professional Engineers
    Code of Ethics for Engineers
    http://www.nspe.org/Ethics/CodeofEthics/index.html
    (Excerpt)
    II. Rules of Practice
    1) Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
    a) If engineers’ judgment is overruled under circumstances that endanger life or property, they shall notify their employer or client and such other authority as may be appropriate.

  2. lucy says:

    Its about time details were published.

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