2018 Workshop on Current Issues in Ponded CCPs

March 20-21, 2018


Location: Omni Richmond Hotel

  • Address: 100 South 12th St. / Richmond, VA, 23219, USA
  • Phone: 804-344-7000 - Toll-Free: 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664)
  • Online reservations in our room block can be made using this link
  • Or you may call to make your reservation - tell hotel desk you are "with Center for Applied Energy Research"
  • Last Day to get Hotel Room Rate: February 12, 2018
  • Hotel Rate: $149/night + tax
  • Rate Available: Monday (3/19/18); Tuesday (3/20/18); Wednesday (3/21/18); Thursday (3/22/18)

Workshop Co-Organizers

The American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) and UK Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) are co-hosting a 2 day workshop on current issues in ponded CCP's.

Workshop Sponsor and Co-Organizer    

  • Additionally, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is a co-organizer and sponsor of the Current Issues in Ponded CCP's workshop. Their support is greatly appreciated.

Interested in Becoming a Workshop Sponsor or Exhibitor?

  • This document contains both information about exhibiting and sponsoring, as well as a form to sign up as an exhibitor or sponsor: Click here.
  • Questions? Contact Brooke Pirmann - (Brooke.Pirmann@ACAA-usa.org or 248-848-3817)

Current Schedule

Tuesday, 3/20/18 - Day 1 - Geotechnical and Closure

8:00am - 8:30am Breakfast/Coffee/Exhibits
8:30am - 9:30am Welcome and Introduction Talks:
  Design Considerations for Ash Basin Closure. Dissemination of what we know: i.e. state of the knowledge
Nick McClung, TVA; Shane Harris, TVA; Chris Gee, Dominion
9:30 - 10:30am Seismic Issues
  Seismic Issues - Liquefaction of ponded ash, state of the art methods used to evaluate embankment stability for seismic loads
Bill Wolfe, OSU and Bob Bachus, Geosyntec
10:30am - 10:45am Coffee Break/Exhibits/Networking
10:45am - 11:45am Regulatory Design Issues - Closure in Place
  EPA Closure in Place Critera - CCR Rule Design Criteria 257.73
Kula Kulasingam and John Bove - AECOM
11:45am - 1:00pm Networking/Exhibits/Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm Response of Ash to Dewatering - Correlating Geotechnical Investigation to Performance
  Observations based on pump test results and well point dewatering. Discuss dewatering for construction stability for closure by removal/hybrid closure. Discussion on hauling ash by truck and conveyor. Discussion on ex-situ drying of ash (windrowing, cement addition, etc.)
Paul Schmall, Moretrench and Ginger Phelps, Dominion
2:00pm - 3:00pm "Techs and Specs"
  Past and Present ponded ash studies, including a summary of technologies and a review of ASTM and EN specifications as applied to ash recovered from ponds and landfills
Tom Robl, UK CAER
3:00pm - 3:15pm Coffee Break/Exhibits/Networking
3:15pm - 4:15pm Sampling and Instrumentation
  Available sampling techniques. How much sampling is necessary for safe engineering design. Include data to collect for future ash harvesting
Greg Hebeler, Golder and Ben Gallagher, Southern Company
4:15pm - 5:15pm Environmental Talk
  Attorneys views on some of the legal issues that are unfolding
Panel Discussion/Open Floor Q&A
5:15pm End of Workshop, Day 1
6:00pm Evening Reception

Wednesday, 3/21/18 - Day 2 - Groundwater Assessment and Remediation

8:00am - 8:30am Breakfast/Coffee/Exhibits
8:30am - 9:30am Welcome and Introduction Talks:
  Overview and dissemination of what we know: i.e. state of the knowledge, CCR Rule, Framework everyone is working in, what are the triggers, i.e. what are the triggers for corrective actions, etc.
Jim Roewer, EPRI (first 15-20 minutes to set framework) and Kathleen Regan, AMEC Foster Wheeler (Alison Dunn, AMEC Foster Wheeler)
9:30am - 10:30am Ground Water Quality Changes after Closure in Place
  Ground water chemistry, contaminant transport, receptors, determination of background, High resolution issues
Bruce Hensel, EPRI and Stu Craven, OBG
10:30am - 10:45am Coffee Break/Exhibits/Networking
10:45am - 11:45am Utility Specific GW Monitoring Strategies and Requirements
  CCR Monitoring day to day - What do the utilites care about? What are the utilites planning for, what are they saying?
JR Register, Consumers; Eric Wallis, Southern; Jason Williams, Dominion
12:00pm - 1:00pm Networking/Exhibits/Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm Groundwater Remediation Options
  Overview of Remediation
Chris Robb, Geosyntec and Herwig Goldemund, Geosyntec
2:00pm - 3:00pm Workshop Recap Panel Discussion
  Panel Discussion/Open Floor Q&A
3:00pm End of Workshop

Registration and Fees

  • Fee (Early Bird): $695.00 per person. Early Bird ends 4PM on March 9, 2018. Late registration: $795.00.
  • Government/Academic institution Fee: $195.00 per person

  • Refunds: Refunds will be given up to March 6th with a 20% deduction for administrative costs. After March 6th there will no refunds.
  • Registration Questions? Contact Teresa Epperson - (teresa.epperson1@uky.edu or 859-257-0200)
  • Register Now: online Early Bird registration here - Any questions, contact Teresa Epperson.
  • Government/Academic institution employee registration: click here.
  • For registration by check, please download this form and mail it with your payment: PDF version, Word Doc version

About the Workshop Program

Expert speakers from the CAER and industry will make the presentations. Among the topics and case studies to be addressed are the following:

  • Seismic Issues
  • Regulatory Design Issues - Closure in Place
  • Response of Ash to Dewatering
  • Sampling and Instrumentation
  • Legal View of Current Environmental Issues
  • Ground Water Quality Changes after Closure in Place
  • Utility Specific Monitoring Strategies and Requirements
  • Groundwater Remediation Options

PDH Hours

Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be available. Please inquire at the workshop registration desk.


Workshop Origins ...

A similar workshop about issues in ponded CCPs was held in Tampa, Florida in February 2016 and in Northern Kentucky in November 2016. Prior to that, the first Ash Utilization Workshop was held in 2012 and the second in 2014. According to ACAA Executive Director Thomas Adams, "the response of the attendees at these events convinced us that we needed to offer a similar program again. The World of Coal Ash (WOCA), the flagship event for our industry, is held every other year. Some people that were not able to attend WOCA to get this information did not want to wait for the next WOCA. To serve that demand, CAER and ACAA responded with this event. The workshop has a less formal structure than is possible at WOCA, allowing for an examination of issues between speakers and attendees. It also provides the very latest updates on CCP recycling."


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Thomas Pinkerton
University of Kentucky
Center for Applied Energy Research
2540 Research Park Drive
Lexington, KY 40511-8410, USA
Phone: 859-257-0224
Fax: 859-257-0220

Scoops of various types of flyash