Plant Scherer Scoping Report Juliette, Monroe County, Georgia
Facility Description and Background
Plant Robert W. Scherer (Plant Scherer) is one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the United StatesThe plant is located on Highway 87 in Juliette, Georgia approximately three miles south of Juliette’s towncenter. Juliette is a rural community in central Georgia located in eastern-central Monroe Countyapproximately 12 miles northeast of Forsyth; the nearest city. Plant Scherer encompasses 12,000 acres(approximately 19 square miles) of land that includes almost half of Lake Juliette in Monroe County.Plant Scherer began operating in March 1982 after the completion of its first 880-megawatt unit (UnitOne). Units Two, Three and Four followed in February 1984, January 1987 and March 1989,respectively. Georgia Power operates the entire facility under contract with the joint owners: OglethorpePower Company, Florida Power and Light Company, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, Gulf Power Company, Jacksonville Electric Authority, and the City of Dalton, Georgia .The main operating area of the plant site covers about 3,500 acres. It includes the powerhouse and theturbine area for all four units; a 750-acre ash disposal pond; a 300-acre ash settling pond; a 40-acreretention pond; a 90-acre coal storage yard; and a 500-kilovolt substation that feeds electricity generatedat the plant into Georgia’s Integrated Transmission System. The remaining 8,500 acres of property, whichincludes part of 3,600-acre Lake Juliette, also is essential to Plant Scherer’s purpose of producingelectricity .
On June 28, 2012, staff from GDPH and the North Central Health District conducted a site visit of PlantScherer. Georgia Power employees presented on the history and operations at Plant Scherer with anemphasis on pollution control measures. Following the overview, public health staff were taken to theboiler and turbine/generator facility, then to the roof for a better view related operational infrastructure.This included the emission stacks, cooling towers, built-in scrubber houses used to remove sulfur dioxide,built-in selective catalytic reduction units used to remove nitrogen oxides, and baghouse units used toremove mercury from coal burning emissions. Georgia Power employees escorted staff by vehicle on thedike around the coal ash disposal pond. Throughout the facility property, construction material wasstored and construction activity was taking place as part of the on-going pollution control upgrades thatbegan in 2005 and is scheduled to be completed in 2014.