Gibson Lake Will Not Reopen for Fishing April 1 March 27, 2007
PLAINFIELD, IND. -
Duke Energy Indiana's Gibson Generating Station near Princeton will not reopen its on-site lake to fishing as usual April 1, pending the results of an environmental study of the lake's fish and water quality. The station's surrounding ponds and sloughs will remain open to public fishing.
The study will look at a variety of aspects of the lake's ecology, including selenium levels that have been detected in the lake's fish. Selenium is a naturally occurring trace element found in most rocks and soil. Low levels of selenium are essential for good health, but long-term human consumption of high levels of selenium may result in some health effects.
"Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines for selenium levels in fish and our preliminary data, we're taking a conservative approach and closing the lake to fishing until we can complete the study under way," said Don Faulkner, Gibson Station manager. "We made this decision in consultation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and we will be consulting with independent experts as we evaluate the lake."
Preliminary data indicates selenium levels in Gibson Lake fish are below the EPA's recommended guidelines for recreational fishers, but above the levels recommended for people who rely on fish for subsistence, or a primary part of their regular diet.
Created in 1972 when Gibson Station was built, Gibson Lake is a 3,000-acre, man-made lake dedicated for cooling water at the electric power plant.
Duke Energy Corp., one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers energy to approximately 3.9 million U.S. customers. The company has nearly 37,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.