August 31, 2010 - The coal ash storage pond at the Muskingum River power plant north of Waterford is leaking toxic substances that could threaten drinking water wells in that area, according to a recent report from two environmental groups - the Sierra Club and the Environmental Integrity Project.
The local power facility, located on Sparling Road, is among three American Electric Power plants in Ohio that the "In Harm's Way" report says is allowing toxic materials like arsenic and mercury into groundwater above maximum contaminant levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The other two plants are AEP's Cardinal plant in Brilliant, and the Gavin power plant in Cheshire.
But AEP officials disagree with allegations in the report, and say the Muskingum plant's coal ash impoundment is in compliance with EPA standards. Ohio EPA spokeswoman Linda Oros said according to the supervisor of the agency's division of drinking water, there is no indication of toxic levels of substances above drinking water standards at any of the three facilities.