Belle River Power Plant has 11 groundwater monitoring wells, 11 of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels based on samples collected between August 01, 2016 and September 19, 2019. Groundwater at this site contains unsafe levels of molybdenum, lithium, cobalt, arsenic, lead, sulfate, radium and thallium.Site description
DTE Electric’s Belle River Power Plant opened in 1984 in East China, Michigan on the peninsula formed by the St. Clair and Belle rivers in St. Clair County. It has two coal-fired generating units that have a net capacity of 1,395-MW. In October 2021, DTE Electric announced that it would retire this plant by 2028. The plant operates three CCR units: Diversion Basin, Bottom Ash Basins and Range Road Coal Combustion Residual Landfill. The landfill has 200 acres designated for coal ash storage.