It takes a village to solve the looming CCR storage issue

I n 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 beneficiation of coal ash in building products still lags far behind the over-abundance of legacy CCR. [...]

By |2024-07-09T08:08:32-04:00July 9th, 2024|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Coal Ash Dilemma – There Are Choices 2 (cont.)

Based on the wide-spread reaction of our last post, we thought that is would be good to further explain “the choices” that could be available to all stakeholders (utilities, EPA, politicians, state regulators, environmental groups, and local communities) dealing with excavated legacy coal ash. Before any choices are revealed, all the stakeholders must decide [...]

By |2024-04-23T09:07:29-04:00April 23rd, 2024|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Coal Ash Dilemma – There Are Choices

Despite years of controversy …. All stakeholders (utilities, EPA, politicians, state regulators, environmental groups, and local communities) will have to decide on “dig it up” or “cover it up” as a middle-path solution. When that happens, the stakeholders will have to make choices as for the methods to deploy. In all these discussions of [...]

By |2024-04-05T08:42:06-04:00April 5th, 2024|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Coal Ash Dilemma – There’s “Light” at the End of the Tunnel.

Are you tired of hearing about coal ash yet? Is it harmful, is it in groundwater or not, is it going to be excavated, are the states protecting its citizens, and how much is it really going to cost are all common coal ash discussion points. Who could blame you if you are tired [...]

By |2024-03-01T08:16:11-05:00March 1st, 2024|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

REACH FOR MORE – Retrofit Construction Method for Coal Ash Basins

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is revisiting its 2015 rule that regulated the disposal of toxic waste from coal-fired power plants. Among other actions, the EPA has ordered companies to stop placing ash in unlined ponds since keeping coal ash in unlined storage has long been the threat to drinking water. When the dust settles, [...]

By |2024-02-06T13:41:10-05:00January 26th, 2024|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

VertiCell™ – Get Ahead in Coal Ash Basin Closure

It’s going to happen. All stakeholders, utilities, environmental groups, regulators, citizens, and governments will decide on some compromise over the closure of coal ash basins with ground water impacts. Taking the “middle path” between the two extreme stances; Cap-In-Place by the utilities and Excavate-Haul by the environmental groups results in on-site storage. This could [...]

By |2023-11-29T08:14:30-05:00November 29th, 2023|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Safety First; Right Behind Practicality

Today’s modern landfills are highly engineered systems that are subject to a tremendous number of regulations. First and foremost safety is paramount to a successful design. However, a balance is made between safety and practicality. It is the ugly truth; landfill design safety is sometimes curbed by space and economics. Here at EnCAP-IT we bring [...]

By |2023-08-18T08:20:16-04:00August 18th, 2023|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Coal Ash Dilemma – 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 storage-unit leases (landfills). It is all [...]

By |2023-08-04T08:40:03-04:00August 4th, 2023|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

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. Beneficially reusing coal ash in productive ways yields many more benefits than simply disposing of this material. Coal ash [...]

By |2023-07-21T08:27:20-04:00July 21st, 2023|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Environment: Shiny New Things vs Dull Things

We have a natural tendency to focus in on “shiny new things” versus the “dull things”. There is no exception to this trend when dealing with environmental stewardship. Our society wants to move on to renewable energy, carbon neutral, zero waste, the shiny new things, but we mustn’t forget about the looming landfill capacity [...]

By |2023-06-23T08:46:21-04:00June 23rd, 2023|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments
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