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Ash From Struggling Cayuga Plant Found to Be Seeping Into Water Supply

September 21, 2015

Nick Reynolds for the Ithaca Journal:

Coal ash sitting dormant in an unlined portion of the landfill near the Cayuga Power Plant has been seeping into groundwater for nearly 30 years and has flowed into nearby Milliken Creek, potentially contaminating drinking water, a geologist said in a meeting with Tompkins County officials Wednesday afternoon.

The coal-powered plant, which has been found to be operating only at marginal profitability, according to Town of Caroline Councilwoman Irene Weiser, is in negotiations to be purchased and has long been in limbo for a natural gas retrofitting.

Coal ash flowing into groundwater, Milliken Creek

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