Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

2020 Coal Combustion Residuals Conference
August 10-11, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

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 discussion on the beneficial reuse of ash taken from impoundments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review an update on the state of CCR regulations at the state and federal levels
  • Discuss the details and challenges with CCR groundwater liability and litigation
  • Describe some aspects of CCR dewatering and its impacts on the receiving waters
  • List the met objectives and steps of a successful closure and removal/reuse of ash from a site
  • Review an alternative use for closed sites as a site for solar placement and the progress made since first introduced
  • Engage in a question and answer panel on the challenges and opportunities involved with ash management and removal
  • Discuss some lessons learned in the harvesting of ash from impoundment closures
  • Review the options, steps and practices to enhance the overall safety of a pond closure
  • List the methods and options available for beneficial use of ash products

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

 

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.

Agenda

Monday, August 10, 2020 – Central Time

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. :: Login

1:30 – 1:40 p.m. :: Introductions


1:40 – 2:30 p.m. :: CCR Rule Update

This presentation will provide an update on key developments of the CCR Rule, including potential and proposed amendments to the rule as well as pressing compliance deadlines.  An update will also be provided on state initiatives to obtain program approval from EPA.

Ali Abazari, Partner, Jackson Walker, L.L.P. and Counsel for the Texas CCP Coalition


2:30 – 3:20 p.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, Partner, King & Spalding LLP 

3:20 – 3:40 p.m. :: Break


3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Dewatering to Stabilize Ash. Instrumentation for Verification. Current Practices.

This presentation will cover the current state of the practice with dewatering and stabilization of ash plus the latest technology in instrumentation and monitoring as an early indication of ash liquefaction due to vibration of construction equipment.

Paul Schmall, PhD, PE,  Vice President, Keller Specialty Services, Keller

Greg Landry, PE, Chief Dewatering Engineer, Keller


Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Ash Harvesting for Beneficial Reuse

Lakeland Electric, like many other generation owners, have been removing ash from ponds in the closure process and not only storing the ash in a landfill but seeking opportunities for its reuse as much as possible. The presentation will review what has been done and what is being planned and lessons learned from this harvesting of ash.

Ken Riddle, Supervisor of Chemical Process – Energy Production, Lakeland Electric


9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: HDPE Pipe Characteristics & CCR Project Overview

David Osborne, Regional Sales Manager, ISCO Industries, Inc.

Mark Spelder, Director of Sales, Industrial, OEM & Marine ISCO Industries, Inc.

10:30 – 10:50 a.m. :: Break


10:50 a.m  – 11:50 a.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.

Moderator: Neil Hancock  CCR Services Manager – North America, Keller

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

Ken Riddle, Supervisor of Chemical Process – Energy Production, Lakeland Electric

11:50 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. :: Lunch Break


12:45 – 1:45 p.m. :: Break Successful Closure and Beneficial Reuse

On May 6, 2019, Santee Cooper hauled out the last truckload of pond ash that was stored at the former Grainger Generating Station near Conway. In total, the project hauled over 1.7 million tons of ash out of the two ponds at Grainger alone, with 1.1 million tons of this ash going to the cement industry for beneficial use. This presentation will review what was accomplished at Grainger but also cover Santee Cooper’s beneficial reuse practices.

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


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Incorporating Solar Power Generation on Closed Facilities

Chris Eichelberger, Agru

2:30 – 2:50 p.m. :: Break


2:50 – 3:50 p.m. :: Vendor Panel Discussion

Engage in this open discussion with industry experts on a variety of topics that owners should take heed of when involved with closure projects.

Don Grahlherr, PE, Vice President – National CCR Practice, Tetra Tech

David Osborne, Regional Sales Manager, ISCO Industries, Inc.

Tammy DeRamo, PE , Technical Director & Power Sector Lead, Envirocon, Inc.

Workshop

Draining and Stabilizing Fly Ash

Monday, August 10, 2020

8:45  – 9:00 a.m. :: Login

9:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

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 Keller at the discretion of EUCI. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Detail the geotechnical behaviors of ash and the differences from soil
  • Review slope stabilization, stable crust and localized liquefaction and ash stabilized in place
  • Describe the various methods of draining and dewatering installations
  • List some techniques for enhancing the geo-structural qualities of ash
  • Review instrumentation and monitoring applications
  • Explore case studies in ash stabilization
  • Review the different methods of water treatment for ponded and ash pore water
  • Detail a comprehensive understanding of an integrated approach to closure

 

Agenda

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, PhD, PE,  Vice President, Keller Specialty Services, Keller

Pierre Gouvin, President, GeoInstruments

Ed Carter, Water Treatment Division Manager, Keller

Speakers

Ali Abazari, Partner, Jackson Walker, L.L.P. and Counsel for the Texas CCP Coalition

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

Tammy DeRamo, PE , Technical Director & Power Sector Lead, Envirocon, Inc.

Chris Eichelberger, Agru

Neil Hancock, CCR Services Manager – North America, Keller

Douglas Henderson, Partner, King & Spalding LLP 

Greg Landry, P.E., Chief Engineer, Dewatering & Groundwater Control, Keller

David Osborne, Regional Sales Manager, ISCO Industries, Inc.

Ken Riddle, Supervisor of Chemical Process – Energy Production, Lakeland Electric

Paul Schmall, PhD, PE, Vice President, Keller Specialty Services, Keller

Mark Spelder, Director of Sales, Industrial, OEM & Marine ISCO Industries, Inc.

 

Online Delivery

Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time. 
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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