How Does Contamination from Plant Scherer Affect You and Your Family
In March 2012, residents living near Plant Scherer reported health problems due to possible contamination from groundwater, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), which released a detailed report in July. Robert W. Scherer Plant is one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the United States. To maintain fuel to power the plant’s four, self-contained 880-megawatt units, Plant Scherer burns approximately 1,288 tons of coal every hour, which equates to 11 million tons a year.
As a result of the constant coal-burning process, coal ash begins to form in the boilers where the coal is burned. When coal ash is formed, it can pose a serious threat to human health because it contains metals and radioactive materials, including arsenic, barium, chromium, copper, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, thallium, uranium, vanadium and zinc.
Many area residents fear that it is now contaminating the surrounding area, including residential property.
There are reports that some area residents have suffered health problems and property damage as a result of their proximity to the plant. Health issues include nose bleeds, asthma, dementia, cancer, breathing and respiratory problems and kidney dysfunction.
Gautreaux & Adams, LLC has teamed up with Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik & Associates, LLP to help protect local residents who have suffered from and/or are concerned about Plant Scherer’s coal ash contamination. Please contact us for more details.