We take a strategic, big picture view of your CCR management practices and work with you to design a path forward to get the job done.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) coal combustion residuals (CCR) Rule and its ongoing revisions have led to many plant closures and have dramatically changed how coal-fired power plants operate. Due to continued litigation, the rules are dynamic and complicated – staying on top of them and interpreting what they mean for your facility can be challenging and time consuming.
Your facility may also be in the crosshairs of vocal environmental and community groups – putting your plant in potential legal or reputational jeopardy. To effectively respond, you need to understand the risks your facility’s CCR management may – or may not – be posing and you need to effectively communicate the facts in a way that will resonate with all audiences.
Haley & Aldrich’s CCR experts, who have the highest level of technical competence and decades of experience managing CCRs for the electric utility industry, understand the importance of planning ahead to stay compliant. We do so by first seeking to understand the full picture of our clients’ operations and then working with both corporate and plant staff to create a comprehensive strategy. This strategic viewpoint allows us to find creative solutions so you can proactively manage your facilities and CCR units (including active, inactive, and legacy ponds) as efficiently as possible from beginning to end – ultimately avoiding losses and saving costs.
A few examples of how our approach has helped us provide the highest value for our clients: We find onsite resources to handle CCRs and pond closures as opposed to hauling CCRs offsite. We use our engineering best practices supported by geochemistry and a risk-based approach to scientifically prove a less elaborate remedy than initially thought is required. And, we stay ahead of rule trigger dates so our clients can benefit from completing activities ahead of deadlines.
This way of thinking is simply part of our DNA and has been for more than 25 years – we even partnered with our clients to proactively plan for the CCR Rule before it was promulgated. And we have many more examples to share.
“They see the overall picture and they understand all of the different ways we’re regulated, and that enables them to achieve cost savings. That is one of the key reasons we use them.”Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., corporate CCR management