By - Jon Brown

In-Depth Coal Ash Impoundment Closure
September 19-20, 2016 | Atlanta, GA

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With the impact and enforcement of the Federal Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule, owners and operators of coal ash impoundments have been engaged in and are facing the closure of their impoundments. This course shares the expertise of industry leaders from multiple closure service providers. The purpose of the course is to give individuals involved with closure projects either directly or indirectly, a more comprehensive understanding of the process and steps involved in closure of these impoundments. The program will dive into detail on a variety of those steps such as: geotechnical work, dewatering, stability issues, civil design, cover design, groundwater monitoring and corrective action, project scheduling, construction approaches and contractor selection, and finally post closure land use.

Learning Outcomes

Review the information to look for in geotechnical investigations and receive recommendations

  • Engage in a discussion on dewatering selection and management and the steps needed and taken during the process
  • Listen to experts discuss structural stability issues and their solutions for closure
  • Discuss the civil design of a closure and its steps and process
  • Review the requirements and types of final cover design
  • Engage in a review of the groundwater requirements, detection systems and best practices
  • Discuss the final site closure and methods and best practices
  • Review lessons learned and methods for project scheduling of these projects
  • Listen to various construction approaches and methodologies from a contractor’s perspective
  • Engage in an overview of the contractor evaluation process for closure projects
  • Review post closure land use opportunities and planning for future use


AP_LogoEUCI 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 1.0 CEUs for this course.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

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


Monday, September 19, 2016

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

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Geotechnical Investigations/RecommendationsCCR  Rule Requirements/State of Practice
  • Existing information compilation and review (overlap with CCR Rule compliance information due October and April
  • Field sampling and testing in ash
  • Laboratory testing for ash
  • Design parameter development
  • Instrumentation
Dewatering System Selection
  • CCR/ELG  Rule Requirements/State of Practice
  • General Dewatering Considerations (influence zone, drawdown rates, management of discharges, draw of CCR-impacted waters)
  • Dewatering systems (sumps, rim ditching, trenches, well points, vacuum consolidation with wick drains, other technologies)
  • Design of systems
  • Installation of systems (contractor)
Water Management/Treatment 
  • CCR/ELG  Rule Requirements/State of Practice
  • Current and Anticipated Discharge Limits
  • Free Water and vs. Pore Water (i.e., “unwatering vs. dewatering”)
  • Water Management (rain, perch, groundwater, etc.)
  • Available Treatment Technologies
  • Case studies
Structural Stability Issues/Solutions for Closure
  • CCR Rule requirements/State of practice
  • Slope Stability, and Stability Enhancements (e.g., reconfiguration, buttressing, ground improvement)
  • General Construction Considerations (unwatering, dewatering, sequencing and rate of construction, ground control during construction, water management)
  • Ground Control During Impoundment Capping
  • Construction Period and Post-Closure Instrumentation
Civil Design of Closure
  • CCR Rule requirements/State of practice
  • Survey early, survey well!
  • Site constraints (e.g, berms, property lines, wetlands)
  • H&H methodology – methods for evaluation
  • Final Configuration/Re-Grading for drainage, to accommodate settlements, for stability, and for potential repurposing of the impoundment.
  • Surface Water drainage design – accordion drainage, interior, exterior, minimum slopes on mains and laterals
Final Cover Design
  • CCR Rule requirements/State of practice
  • Minimum vs recommended system vs alternative caps
  • Geocomposite drainage; depending on liner/cover; required on slopes? Required on top?
  • Geomembrane vs soil liner
  • Synthetic Turf vs vegetated soil cover
  • CCR rule requirements/State monitoring programs
  • Monitoring network evaluation and installation
  • Baseline sampling and analysis
  • Detection and assessment monitoring
  • Corrective action and closure triggers
Site Civil Closure
  • Types of ancillary structures of closure
  • Critical Items for Construction Bid Package
  • Construction Planning and Design Integration
  • Construction Monitoring and Management
  • Approach to Closure, “Clean” Closure Criteria
  • Post-Closure Maintenance Considerations
  • Groundwater Quality, Cap Settlement and Other Post-Closure Monitoring
  • Case Histories (Amos?)

Tuesday September 20, 2016

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

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Project Scheduling and Impacts
  • Determining overall site strategy and logic
  • Operational input on activity durations
  • Production rate considerations
  • Evaluating constraints and critical path
Construction Approach and Methodology
  • Evaluating site conditions and final resting place for CCR
  • CCR Rule evaluation and impact on methodology
  • Factors to consider when evaluating methodology
  • Linking approach and methodology to schedule logic
Contractor Selection Process
  • Selection process overview
  • Evaluating qualifications and experience
  • Evaluating value in the selection process
  • Evaluating the approach to change management
  • Evaluating the contractor’s implementation team and approach
Post Closure Land Use Opportunities and Planning
  • Planning logic and timing
  • Solar power generation facility
  • Wetlands mitigation banking
  • Constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment
  • Plant expansion
  • Recreational/nature conservation


Nakia Addison, P.E., Construction Manager, TRC Companies, Inc.

Bob Baker, P.E., CCR Engineering Manager, Energy Waste Management, Tetra Tech

Don Grahlherr, Vice President, Energy Waste Management, Tetra Tech

Chris Lewis, P.E., Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Energy Waste Management, Tetra tech

Jason Monnell, PhD., Sr. Environmental Engineer, Energy Waste Management, Tetra Tech

Kent Nilsson, P.E., Senior Engineer, TRC Companies, Inc.

Adam Richards, P.E., Director of Business Development, Griffin Dewatering

Sean Rome, Director, Energy Waste Management, Tetra Tech

Joel Roberts, Vice President, Construction, TRC Companies, Inc.

Jason Stratton, Sr. Geotechnical Engineer, Tetra Tech

Steve Turner, Vice President, Construction, Energy Waste Management, Tetra Tech

Jeff Wormser, P.E., Senior Project Manager, TRC Companies, Inc.


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265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

To reserve your room, please call 1-404-577-1234
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $179.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of September 18 – 20, 2016.


Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to September 2, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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