CCR Rule Compliance - Plant Gorgas | Alabama Power

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Plant Gorgas

Plant Gorgas is in Walker County, near the town of Parrish. It provided safe, reliable power to Alabama Power customers for more than a century. On Feb. 20, 2019, the company announced the closure of Plant Gorgas because of costly, federally driven environmental mandates related to the handling of coal ash and wastewater.

Closing ash ponds safely and permanently

  • The company is treating and removing all water from the pond.
  • Material will be excavated and moved farther away from waterways, creating a buffer in some areas nearly a half-mile wide.
  • The facility’s size will be reduced by approximately 130 acres, or by nearly a third.
  • Alabama Power is applying advanced engineering to construct a reinforced dike system between the facility and the river as part of the plant’s increased, robust flood-protection measures.
  • A specially engineered drainage and collection system will be installed for additional long-term protection.
  • The company is installing a specially engineered barrier over the material to keep it safely in place.
  • Storm water systems will be added to mange rainwater runoff.
  • Alabama Power will monitor groundwater around the facility for at least 30 years to ensure ongoing protection of water quality.

 

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Ash Pond

 

Bottom Ash Landfill

 

CCR Landfill

 

Gypsum Pond

 

Gypsum Landfill