Coal-burning electric utilities produce large volumes of residual materials that must be managed properly. The challenge is compounded by changing regulatory policy. New requirements for air pollution control, water pollution control, and management of residuals on land are being implemented over the next several years, and several highly-publicized releases of coal ash have increased pressure on utilities to modify their systems for managing coal combustion residuals (CCRs).
SCS Engineers helps utilities and landfills meet the challenges of properly managing CCRs in the face of evolving regulations. An early example is the firm’s 1982 Manual for Upgrading Existing Disposal Facilities that we prepared for the Electric Power Research Institute. More recently, SCS has assisted a number of companies by evaluating their management options, designing new and upgraded facilities, and responding to concerns about historical ash management practices.
SCS helps resolve the complex issues arising as utilities alter CCR characteristics, convert from wet to dry collection, or seek options for the beneficial use of CCR materials. The answers often depend on a combination of science, engineering, law, and public communications. SCS has the experience and capability to help multi-disciplinary teams address these issues without interrupting production.
SCS helps coal-burning electric utilities meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) 2015 rules establishing minimum criteria for disposal of CCRs. How states respond, if at all, to implementing the national minimum criteria affects what needs to be done. With offices located throughout the coal-burning regions of the United States, SCS is tracking state-by-state implementation closely and can determine potential impacts to
your business on a local basis.
SCS Engineers’ CCR services include:
We provide a variety of services to the Electric Utility market in addition to CCR management, including:
Coal Ash Landfill Design-Build-Support SCS Engineers’ staff members are experts who understand the limitations and responsibilities placed on electric utilities, independent power producers, and non-utility landfills that accept coal combustion residuals (CCR) under EPA’s 2015 regulations governing disposal of CCR. Our offices are located throughout the regions where coal ...
Groundwater Monitoring for CCR Units The experienced team of professionals at SCS Engineers understands groundwater monitoring beyond just regulations and guidance. When the original Subtitle D rules for municipal solid waste landfills were published, our professionals trained the state regulators; and we especially understand the unique challenges presented by ...
Written Closure, Post-Closure Care, and Certification SCS Engineers’ experience in disposal site closure, post-closure care, and redevelopment is second to none. We prepare written closure and post-closure care plans and help keep existing plans current. We have years of experience evaluating closure options and, where appropriate, obtaining approval for alternative ...