Where is all this Coal Ash supposed to go?

It is all about STORAGE. A simple analogy, coal ash storage is like trying to organize your closet in an endless battle to fit ever more stuff into little space.  However, unlike your closet problem utility companies cannot get rid of those unneeded belongings (coal ash), or sign on the dotted line for [...]

By |2020-06-16T11:59:14-04:00June 16th, 2020|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

From the Desk of the Utility CEO

The CEO in the corner office of any large organization has a lonely existence. CEOs of utilities may feel even more isolated – but it’s not mandatory. The energy industry is steadily evolving beyond fossil fuels and shifting to more renewable and sustainable sources. This is fantastic news for the planet, but before this transformation [...]

By |2020-03-31T10:30:37-04:00August 20th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

CCR Innovation Series: Part 3 of 3

It takes a village to solve the looming CCR storage issue. In all discussions of coal ash disposition — either through beneficial reuse or keeping it intact but contained — the overriding concern is safety. The cap-in-place solution has been solidly debunked from a safety standpoint. The market for beneficial use of coal ash [...]

By |2020-03-31T11:36:34-04:00June 5th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

CCR Innovation Series: Part 2 of 3

Maximize Innovation Before Resorting to Traditional Methods In 2008, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s dike containing its coal ash failed, allowing approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash to spread over 300 acres and into the Emory River. Since then, the problem that coal ash represents for the U.S. has only gotten worse. Constant battles [...]

By |2020-03-31T11:45:28-04:00May 15th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

CCR Innovation Series: Part 1 of 3

K.I.S.S. Applies to Coal Ash Solutions Imagine a community facing the dual crisis of severely dwindling solid waste disposal capacity at the same time its electric utility has been ordered by a federal judge to excavate and move a hazardous legacy coal ash pond to a lined landfill. Unfortunately, this isn’t fantasy. Nashville, Tennessee, [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:46:50-04:00April 27th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Legacy CCR Series: Part 6 of 6

Hey, Power Industry, Welcome to the Waste Industry! The unbreakable thread running through all arguments about CCR over the years is this: CCR is waste. Like any waste, it should adhere to a certain methodology that has been developed by the waste industry. The U.S. waste industry has structured its business model around the EPA’s [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:52:06-04:00March 5th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Legacy CCR Series: Part 5 of 6

The Only Problem with the Unencapsulated Beneficial Use Definition is the Word “Unencapsulated” In public debate over the best disposition of legacy coal ash (CCR), the phrase “uncapsulated beneficial use” is used. However, “uncapsulated” solutions, such as mixing loose CCR into soil or spreading large quantities as fill on construction sites without environmental safeguards, [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:56:47-04:00February 19th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Legacy CCR Series: Part 4 of 6

Slow Death of Cap-In-Place Over the years, methods to properly close legacy coal ash ponds (referred to “CCR units” by the EPA) have become a source of great debate. Most utilities have publicly stated that closure in place, commonly referred to “cap-in-place,” is a “safe and effective option” and it is being considered at a [...]

By |2020-03-31T10:34:38-04:00February 12th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Legacy CCR Series: Part 3 of 6

The 5 C’s of Legacy Coal Ash Beneficial Reuse When utilities are determining how to eliminate environmental hazards posed by legacy coal ash, the paramount goal should be to beneficially reuse much or all of it, if possible, with disposal being the last resort. We discussed methods of accomplishing this in Post 1: microencapsulation and [...]

By |2020-03-31T13:03:08-04:00February 5th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Legacy CCR Series: Part 2 of 6

Project Costs Matter When it comes to legacy CCR disposition (see Part 1), project costs need to be considered. The method deemed “most feasible” should not only reflect the science behind the decision, but also how project costs become a factor in the decision process. Whether a utility is regulated or not, costs passed on [...]

By |2020-03-31T13:06:40-04:00January 29th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments
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