Plant Branch was retired in 2015 following approval by the Georgia Public Service Commission through the company’s 2013 Integrated Resource Plan. During its operation, this coal-fired power plant in Putnam County served customers reliably from 1965 through 2015.
The company prepares and submits an ash pond dewatering plan to Environmental Protection Division for its approval. The ash pond dewatering plan for Plant Branch was approved and updated by EPD in November 2018. This site-specific plan identifies the enhanced water treatment system, controls and monitoring that will be used during the process to ensure that the water discharged is protective of water quality standards.
Ongoing testing will be an integral part of the dewatering process to help ensure water quality is protected. Testing will continue at Plant Branch and will be conducted at three points through the dewatering process:
To read more about Plant Branch’s ash pond closure and dewatering process, click here.
Discharged water is being actively sampled in compliance with federal and state regulations. Data results will be updated as the process continues.