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Utility Finds Groundwater Contaminants Near Coal Station

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Officials say contaminants are present in groundwater near an electric company's northern Colorado facility, and reports suggest the coal-fired facility may be the cause.

The Daily Reporter-Herald reports staff at the Platte River Power Authority's Rawhide Energy Station in Wellington said Thursday that it is working to find out more information about the toxins' presence.

Platte River Power Authority Environmental Compliance Manager Chris Wood says high levels of selenium and cobalt were detected during routine groundwater monitoring around the Rawhide station in 2018. The findings, along with suggestions for corrective action, were released in two company reports at the end of January.

The facility provides power to the cities of Loveland, Longmont, Fort Collins and Estes Park.

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