There’s Airspace Aplenty, So What’s the Problem?

“Airspace” is generally defined as the number of cubic yards a landfill has available for waste. The amount of remaining airspace can be used to estimate a landfill’s remaining lifespan in years. Since the United States covers vast, largely unpopulated areas, particularly in the Midwest, it would seem we have limitless capacity for [...]

By |2020-08-04T09:40:27-04:00August 4th, 2020|safeBERM|0 Comments

As Landfills Max Out, It Takes a Village to Determine What’s Next

When a landfill nears the end of its useful life, all the people it affects — its owners, government officials, nearby residents, and developers — need to come together to develop a plan for the future. No homeowner ever chooses to have a landfill in their backyard, and many fight hard to prevent it. [...]

By |2020-07-14T10:57:09-04:00July 14th, 2020|safeREUSE|0 Comments

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

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

Environmental Stewardship Series: Part 3 of 3

Life Beyond: Old Dumping Grounds are Ripe for Adaptive Reuse Communities with areas in decline have embraced the concept of adaptive reuse to restore historic buildings and reclaim their decaying or abandoned urban landscape. Such projects involve salvaging as much of the existing building material as possible and repurposing it in new ways to make [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:47:28-04:00April 16th, 2019|safeREUSE|0 Comments

Environmental Stewardship Series: Part 2 of 3

Is a landfill an asset? The number of landfills in the U.S. is decreasing, resulting in dwindling airspace available to hold our waste. If you own a landfill, you must ask, “Is my landfill an asset or a liability?” Despite recycling and Zero Waste initiatives across the county, the volume of waste generated hasn’t [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:48:00-04:00April 4th, 2019|safeREUSE|0 Comments

Environmental Stewardship Series: Part 1 of 3

Change is Coming – Solutions Must be Ready Earthquakes Floods Hurricanes Our planet, especially here in the southeastern and eastern U.S., is being subjected to an onslaught of extreme weather events, such as freak earthquakes, massive floods and devastating hurricanes. These events generate a steady flow of new concerns about the environment. Protection against [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:48:54-04:00March 19th, 2019|safeBERM|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
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