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Coal Combustion Residual Webinar

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Please join Gradient and Venable LLP for a free webinar and online discussion regarding the scientific, legal, and business implications of the Federal Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Rule.

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Date and Time

October 25, 2016
1:00 PM ET

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
    Venable LLP
    "Coal Combustion Residuals Rule – Upcoming CCR Rule Compliance Considerations"


About Gradient:

Gradient is an environmental and risk sciences consulting firm renowned for our specialties in Toxicology, Epidemiology, Risk Assessment, Product Safety, Contaminant Fate and Transport, Industrial Hygiene, Geographic Information Systems, and Environmental/Forensic Chemistry. We employ sound science to assist national and global clients in resolving their complex problems relating to chemicals in the environment, in the workplace, and in consumer products.

About Venable LLP:

With more than 600 attorneys in offices across the country practicing in all areas of business law, complex litigation, and regulatory and government affairs, Venable is one of America's top 100 law firms. By being fully aligned with their legal and business objectives, we are able to deliver creative, integrated solutions that add value to our clients. Our clients enjoy an extra measure of confidence knowing that our every decision – from hiring, to building out our service areas, to expanding our geographic reach – is informed by our desire to better serve their needs.