Fly Ash Remediation “Bundled” Program
EDE has identified a niche market opportunity in the fly ash remediation sector. The EPA has mandated that all U.S. power plants have a solution in place by the end of 2016 for the safe removal and permanent storage of their fly ash and bottom ash. Because of the immediacy of the mandate, and the specific nature of their corporate need, the dollars available for permanent fly ash removal have risen to the point where the remediation expense actually exceeds the cost of the solid fuel being purchased to produce energy.
EDE, in conjunction with several affiliates and partners, has developed a long term solution for these targeted utilities; not only in the safe disposition and storage of its contaminated waste, but also in simultaneously creating for the utility a corresponding ability to buy its fuel at a reduced cost. The net result is not only compliance with regulations, but also passing of savings along to the customer by reducing the costs per kilowatt hour. In one instance, a targeted power plant is storing 10 million tons of fly ash and needs to comply with EPA mandates to remove and transport this toxic waste to a certified Subtitle D, CCR compliant landfill. EDE’s remediation plan creates a ‘Bundled’ program by first securing qualified landfills, in some cases with railroad access.
All landfills will have capacity of over 100 million tons. The fly ash will be removed from the utility settling pond, transported and deposited in certified landfills. The unit train, rather than returning empty to the power plant (deadhead), will proceed to EDE’s proposed processing sites to be loaded with solid fuel and delivered to the designated power plant, creating a cost efficient (up to 50%) logistical round trip. This program can provide tremendous savings for the customer and substantial profit margins for the Company.
In the United States, a significant area of land is occupied by preexisting coal-fired thermal power plants (TPPs) for the storage of fly ash slurry in ash ponds. However, the area available for storage of fly ash at these TPPs is limited. In addition, this type of fly ash disposal poses a problem due to restricted land availability and potential contamination issues. A viable alternative is the reclamation of fly ash ponds. Stored fly ash represents a significant environmental hazard, whether in an unlined land fill or a wet impoundment.
A viable alternative is the reclamation of fly ash ponds.
New regulations published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2015 stipulate a comprehensive set of rules and guidelines for safe disposal and storage, which establishes that coal fly ash is classified as a sub-category of hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Coal Combustion Residuals (CCD’s) are listed in the subtitle D, “Special waste” (rather than the less stringent subtitle C, “Solid waste”, which was also considered). Designed to prevent pond failures and protect groundwater, enhanced inspection, record keeping and monitoring is specified. Procedures for closure are also included and include capping, liners, and dewatering.
Sealed Custom Containers, each with a Capacity of 8 Tons to Transport Fly Ash from the Utility
Flatbed Trucks Carrying up to 23 Tons to be used to Supplement Rail at a cost of Approximately $1.65 per mile
Economical Unit Trains for Fly Ash Transport with a Return Cargo of Solid Fuel, Savings up to 50%
Rail Load Out for Solid Fuel Delivery