2019 Coal Combustion Residuals

2019 Coal Combustion Residuals

March 12-13, 2019 | Atlanta, GA

Power generators have developed and revised their ash management, ash storage procedures, and groundwater monitoring plans to keep their facilities in regulation. With the approach taken by the Trump administration’s EPA, District Court rulings, and the impact of citizen lawsuits, there are future changes yet to come with the industry adapting the best they can.

This coal ash focused conference will continue the discussion on how any changes may affect the industry with discussion on generators’ ash closure plans, the CCR rule’s regulations and changes, impacts of groundwater monitoring and remediation, safety, and how utilities are accomplishing closures, and more.  In addition to closure and remediation work, there will also be presentations on the alternative use of closed sites as solar sites.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review an update on the state of CCR regulations at the state and federal levels
  • Address risk management techniques to consider given the role of Citizen Suits under the CCR Rule
  • Discuss the liability and litigation of CCR groundwater quality impacts
  • List Georgia Power’s different approaches of installing solar on power plant sites
  • Review Alliant Energy’s transformations of sites in creating “solar-ready” sites
  • Engage in a panel discussion on the challenges facing CCR management
  • Discuss Duke Energy’s closure projects and their progress through the steps taken
  • Expand on lessons learned on closure planning
  • Detail how Santee Cooper closed a pond and replaced it with a new ash landfill



EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this conference, 0.7 CEUs for the pre-conference workshop and 0.4 CEUs for the post conference workshop.


Review and Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. :: Introductions

 8:40 – 9:35 a.m. :: An Overview of Regulation Changes and Requirements

This presentation will provide attendees an update on key developments regarding the EPA CCR program in light of recent activity in the courts and the pressing compliance deadlines of the Rule.  An update will also be provided regarding EPA’s latest plans regarding the consideration and approval of state CCR programs in the midst of the evolving federal requirements. 

Michael J. Nasi, Partner – Environmental & Legislative Practice Group, Jackson Walker L.L.P. & Counsel for the Texas CCP Coalition

9:35 – 10:30 a.m. :: Risk Management under the CCR Rule

This presentation will address risk management techniques to consider given the role of Citizen Suits under the CCR Rule and the website publication of data.

Joshua R. More, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break

11:00 – 11: 55 a.m. :: Liability and Litigation Related to CCR Groundwater Quality Impacts

This presentation will discuss the details and challenges with CCR groundwater impacts, applicable regulations, and related case studies and case law.

Douglas Henderson, Attorney, Partner, Troutman Sanders

11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

12:55 – 1:55 p.m. :: Solar on Closed Ash Ponds in Georgia

A look into two different approaches to installing solar on a power plant site in Georgia.

Georgia Power is looking to install 10MW of solar generation projects on closed coal ash ponds at Company-owned generating facilities. The project may include evaluation of different technologies, including traditional and non-traditional racking systems and solar energy covers.  The output of the project will be tied to the site’s existing infrastructure (including existing transmission assets to the extent possible) and will serve Georgia Power.

Anna-Wesley Corhern, Renewable Development Lead, Georgia Power Company

1:55 – 2:55 p.m. :: Alliant Energy’s Solar Ready Closed Sites

Alliant Energy recently completed closure of coal combustion residual (CCR) surface impoundments at two facilities, the former Rock River Generating Station (Beloit, WI) and the M.L. Kapp Generating Station (Clinton, IA).  Although these facilities have retired, Alliant Energy is utilizing these closed ponds to adapt to transformations within the utility industry and create “solar-ready” sites.  This case-study presentation will discuss the opportunities for solar generation at closed CCR ponds, the civil and geotechnical requirements for their installation and provide an overview of two closure designs that facilitate solar installation.

Jeff Maxted, Lead Environmental Specialist, Alliant Energy

Eric Nelson, Vice-President / Senior Project Manager, SCS Engineers

2:55 – 3:25 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:25 – 4:45 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Challenges Facing CCR Management

Engage in a discussion with panelists on the challenges and opportunities involved with the continued management of ash, impoundment closures and related groundwater. Additional topics will consist of project safety since with so much new pond and landfill activity being generated, successful bidders may not have experience with the hazards associated, especially with pond closure work.
Moderator:: TBD

Jeff Maxted, Lead Environmental Specialist, Alliant Energy

Todd Crawford, PE MBA, Senior Engineer – Generation Construction Management, Santee Cooper

Paul Schmall, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Engineer, Senior Vice President, Hayward Baker/Moretrench

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Ash Management Projects & Ash Basin Closure

What steps need to happen in order to close ash basins.  It starts from redirecting flow away from the ash basins into new basins, converting sluiced ash to dry, and adding water treatment to meet the permit requirements.  After taking the flow out into the ash basins, and the closure of ash basins and steps needed for the closure will be discussed

Mehdi Maibodi, Senior Project Director, Duke Energy

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Moving Large Volumes of Ash Safely

The technology and awareness of safety issues associated with coal ash basin closures has evolved significantly since the promulgation of the Final CCR Rule in April 2015.   Obtaining access to and moving large volumes of partially saturated CCR materials safely and cost effectively presents unique challenges to engineers, owners and contractors.   This presentation and Q&A session will offer an update on available technology and lessons learned from several recently completed coal ash basin closure projects.  

Chris Hardin, P.E., Coal Ash and Liquid Management (CALM) Initiative

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Landfill Construction at Winyah Generating Station

This presentation will detail the CCR impacts to Winyah Generating Station from closing a pond and building a new ash landfill in its footprint.

Todd Crawford, PE MBA, Senior Engineer – Generation Construction Management, Santee Cooper

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Wrap-up and Adjournment


Pre-Conference Workshop

Post-Conference Workshop

Renewable Energy Development on CCR and Other Utility Brownfield Sites

A One-Day Workshop for Utilities, Other Power Plant Owner/Operators and Project Developers

March 11, 2019


With solar, wind and other renewable power now mainstream energy resources, the aggressive search for suitable greenfield sites has prompted savvy investors, project developers, suppliers and power organizations to consider sites with less conventional development characteristics.  In fact, these blemished areas often turn out to be attractive siting options for renewable energy projects — especially if there is ready interconnection access.  These locations become an even more attractive option if a utility controls the prospective development area and is looking to develop the site or partner with a third-party entity to do so.  Even so, special considerations complicate closed coal combustion residual (CCR) site development as compared with greenfield locations.

This one-day symposium will examine the multiple aspects of developing renewable energy resources on CCR sites that may be reclamation candidates. It will consider utility interconnection, engineering, permitting, environmental and regulatory, legal, risk and financing issues.  Utilities, project developers, regulatory officials, investors and legal specialists with expertise in this very special arena will conduct the program, using case studies and examples from similar, successful closed landfill and brownfield re-development projects.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will gain practical and technical skills that allow them to:

  • Evaluate the CCR and brownfield site prospects for renewable energy re-development
  • Assess and scope what specific renewable energy project re-development options may exist on CCR and brownfield utility sites
  • Analyze the dollars and sense of renewable energy re-development on CCR and brownfield utility sites
  • Examine, through a case study, the critical elements of CCR and brownfield utility site re-development
  • Identify how a utility evaluates the renewable energy re-development options best for it

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out and be in attendance for the entirety of the workshop to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and panel discussions will be used in this workshop.


Monday, March 11, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m. :: Welcome and Introductions

8:15 – 9:45 a.m. :: Evaluating the Site Prospects for Renewable Energy Re-development on CCR and Other Brownfield Sites

  • Site Development Characteristics
    • Demolition and disposition requirements
    • Remediation issues
    • Date of site availability
    • Buildability of site
    • Contour and drainage
    • Regulatory restrictions, allowances and incentives

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Scoping Feasible Project Development Options on CCR and Other Brownfield Sites

  • Evaluating the suitability of different renewable energy development options
    • Wind
    • Solar
  • Monetizing interconnection/injection rights
  • Evaluating the project development and ownership options
    • Develop and own
    • Contract and lease

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Understanding the Dollars and Sense of Renewable Energy Re-development on CCR and Other Brownfield Sites

  • The Financial Driver: Tax Incentives
    • ITC/PTC
    • State tax concessions
  • Other Financial/Transactional Considerations
    • Renewable Energy Credit (REC) values
    • Satisfying state RPS mandates
    • Regional carbon-reduction instruments
    • Rate recovery
    • Monetizing interconnection/injection rights

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. :: CASE STUDY:  Critical Elements of Utility CCR and Other Brownfield Site Re-development

  • Project scoping
  • Components and selection
  • Essential Contracts
  • Permitting and regulatory clearances
  • Construction and development
  • Commissioning
  • Operation

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. :: How a Utility Determines the Renewable Energy Re-development Options Best for It

This segment will be a panel discussion of the subject matter experts discussing the key decision points that utilities must weigh and balance as they evaluate whether to re-develop renewable energy resources on de-commissioned power plants.

4:45 p.m. :: Workshop Adjourns


Rich Cogen, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Richard Cogen is partner at the law firm Nixon Peabody LLP.  He represents project sponsors, investors and lenders with respect to the development, financing, permitting, acquisition and sale of energy, renewable energy and solid waste projects. He is the former chair of the firm’s Energy and Environmental practice group and a member of the Firm’s Policy Committee.  In the past few years, his expertise has assisted clients in acquiring, constructing and financing more than a billion dollars’ worth of solar energy projects and in developing large fossil fuel and wind electric generating facilities and electric transmission projects.

Andrew Conte, Senior Assoc, Gabel & Associates

Andrew Conte is a Senior Associate of Gabel Associates. He has more than 10 years of environmental and energy consulting experience with particular expertise in energy efficiency and distributed generation project development, technical studies, and sustainability planning. Mr. Conte has extensive experience working with public and private sector clients. Mr. Conte supports renewable energy projects including RFP development and administration, proposal evaluation, contract negotiations, and performance monitoring.  Prior to joining Gabel Associates, Mr. Conte was part of the outreach team for the NYSERDA Existing Facilities Program and Demand Management Program. In this role, he assisted non-profit institutions with evaluating and developing energy efficiency and storage projects for potential funding through these NYSERDA incentive opportunities.  In addition, he has worked closely with local and county governments to create energy master plans, using an infrastructure baseline analysis.

James Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody

James F. Duffy is a partner in the Boston office of the national law firm, Nixon Peabody LLP.  He serves as the Chair of the firm’s Renewable Energy Tax Credit Team and concentrates his practice on structuring and closing transactions involving federal income tax credits and other significant federal and state income tax incentives, including Production Tax Credits for wind and other forms of renewable energy, Energy Investment Tax Credits for solar and certain other forms of renewable energy.  He has represented numerous developers, investors, syndicators and lenders in structuring and closing renewable energy and other transactions around the country.  He has served as the chair of the Equity Finance Committee of the Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association and as a member of the Real Estate Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, B.A., summa cum laude (1978), and The Harvard Law School, J.D. (1981). 

Eric McLean, Principal, ACE Solar

Eric McLean is a Principal at ACE Solar.  He possesses more than 20 years of experience in the construction and renewable energy engineering industries.  Eric has supervised the design and construction of hundreds of solar projects and over 130 MWs of solar panels installed to date.   Before joining the firm, Mr. McLean was an integral part of the team at American Capital Energy, first as a senior project engineer and then as Executive Vice President of Operations and chief operating officer. In that capacity, he was responsible for operational oversight on all projects the company developed.  He also worked for Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc., for 10 years. While at Weston & Sampson Mr. McLean was tasked on projects involving renewable energy, soil and groundwater remediation, landfill capping, water distribution and wastewater collection system replacement, site engineering, and storm water modeling. Several projects on which he has worked have been recognized with industry and environmental awards.

Jeff Maxted, Principal, ACE Solar

Jeff Maxted is a Senior Environmental Specialist at Alliant Energy and currently supports environmental compliance at facilities in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.  He leads the RCRA solid and hazardous waste compliance activities for Alliant Energy’s active generating stations, including implementation of the CCR Rule requirements at 12 facilities.  Prior to joining Alliant Energy, Mr. Maxted was a consultant with The Cadmus Group, a Senior Research Specialist with the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a community education specialist with the Cedar Rapids / Linn County Solid Waste Agency.  He earned a M.S. in environmental monitoring from UW-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental planning from the University of Northern Iowa.

Draining and Stabilizing Fly Ash

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. :: Workshop Timing


Referencing the extensive dewatering, soil stabilization and water treatment experience earned through the closure of over a dozen ash ponds, the workshop experts will discuss the behavior and responsiveness of ash to drainage methods, application of geo-structural techniques in ash,  water treatment methods, geotechnical investigations, geotechnical verification and monitoring, and new advances in the technologies.

Note: This workshop is not open to direct competitors of Hayward Baker/ Moretrench at the discretion of EUCI. 


Geotechnical Behaviors of Ash

  • Geotechnical differences between soil and ash
  • Field vs Laboratory Testing
  • Moisture sensitivity
  • Capillarity
  • Vibration sensitivity

Necessary Geotechnical Behaviors for Pond Closure

  • Slope stabilization 
  • Providing a stable crust
  • Mitigating localized liquefaction
  • Ash stabilized in place

Methods of Dewatering Ash

  • Drainage Techniques
    • Rim ditching and sumping
    • Wellpoints
    • Deep wells
    • Other drainage methods
  • Selecting a drainage (dewatering) technique
  • Safe access for dewatering system installation
  • Geotechnical investigations and pilot tests

Geo-Structural Improvements in Ash

  • In-situ mixing
  • Retained excavations in ash
  • Barrier walls
  • Grouting techniques

Instrumentation and Monitoring

  • Evaluation of geotechnical data
  • Monitoring for liquefaction
  • In-situ measurements of shear strength

Case Studies in Ash Stabilization

  • Geo-structural applications in ash
  • Shallow & deep ponds
  • Lined and unlined impoundments

Water Treatment

  • Ponded water
  • Ash pore water
  • Available treatment technologies

An Integrated Approach to Closure

  • Relationship between schedule, safety, quality, and cost
  • Project acceleration with early dewatering
  • Design/Build approach

Workshop Experts

Paul Schmall, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Engineer, Senior Vice President, Hayward Baker/ Moretrench

Greg Landry, P.E., Chief Engineer, Dewatering & Groundwater Control,Hayward Baker/ Moretrench

Anthony Sak, P.E., Senior Engineer, Hayward Baker


Anna-Wesley Corhern, Renewable Development Lead, Georgia Power Company

Todd Crawford, PE MBA, Senior Engineer – Generation Construction Management, Santee Cooper

Douglas Henderson, Attorney, Partner, Troutman Sanders

Jeff Maxted, Lead Environmental Specialist, Alliant Energy

Joshua R. More, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

Michael J. Nasi, Partner – Environmental & Legislative Practice Group, Jackson Walker L.L.P. & Counsel for the Texas CCP Coalition

Eric Nelson, Vice-President / Senior Project Manager, SCS Engineers

Paul Schmall, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Engineer, Senior Vice President, Hayward Baker/Moretrench


Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria

200 Interstate North Parkway, SE

Atlanta, GA 30339

Reserve your room:

please call 1-770-952-7900

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of March 10 – 12, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$169.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 17, 2019.


Event Standard RateAttendees
Proceedings package US $ 395.00