With the passage of the Federal CCR Rule, a variety of technical and legal challenges have arisen. Some of the key issues relate to how utilities should meet the groundwater monitoring requirement; the status of beneficial use risk assessments; how surface impoundments will be closed, and; legal uncertainties regarding the provisions of the Rule. Please join as we present on the following topics:
Andrew Bittner will give an overview of the Rule, focusing on the most significant scientific issues utilities must confront to achive compliance and what the rule portends for the future in coal ash disposal. In particular, Andrew will address technical hurdles associated with the Rule's groundwater monitoring requirements, corrective action triggers, and the implications of the public availability of the groundwater data. He will also discuss the obstacles associated with evaluating potential risks associated with beneficial use of coal ash in accordance with the Rule and recently released US EPA guidance.
Ari Lewis will present on pond closures, with an emphasis on the relative risks and benefits associated with closure-in-place vs. excavation and redisposal of the ash. The presentation will present a summary of a decision framework that allows utilities to holistically consider the potential human health and environmental impacts under different closure options.
Doug Green will provide perspective on some of the unique compliance aspects of the CCR rule and review some of the challenges with certain aspects of the rule’s upcoming compliance obligations. He will also discuss how citizen groups will be reviewing compliance with the rule and issues that may be potential targets for enforcement through citizen lawsuits.
- Andrew B. Bittner, M.Eng., P.E.
"Overview of Federal CCR Rule: Meeting the Technical Challenges"
- Ari S. Lewis, M.S.
"Evaluating Relative Human Health and Environmental Impacts Under Different Surface Impoundment Closure Options"
- Douglas H. Green, Esq
"Coal Combustion Residuals Rule – Upcoming CCR Rule Compliance Considerations"
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