Plant Scherer in Monroe County
Tests on water wells at Plant Scherer in Monroe County show safe levels of uranium.
That's according to a news release from Georgia Power, the plant's owners.
UGA and the state's Environmental Protection Division ran the tests on April 16 in response to high uranium levels at some nearby homes.
Georgia Power says the results from four wells at Plant Scherer and one at a nearby Georgia Power park at Lake Juliette, show uranium levels that meet state and federal standards.
Spokesman Mark Williams says the uranium levels are "undetectable" at their plant and "negligible" at the nearby park.
He said Georgia Power is not disputing high uranium counts in some nearby homes. But he said UGA studies say the most likely cause is granite bedrock.
Some people in Monroe County are asking the county to extend water lines due to uranium in their water.
Environmental Protection Division spokesman Kevin Chambers confirmed the test results and said state officials haven't drawn any conclusions on the source of the uranium.
Plant Scherer in eastern Monroe County is the nation's largest coal-burning plant, and environmental groups call it one of the nation's largest polluters. The company also maintains a coal-ash pond near Lake Juliette.