The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its final Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule that sets requirements for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash and synthetic gypsum), from coal-fired power plants.
Through the final rule, the EPA determined:
- Coal-combustion residuals are non-hazardous materials.
- The rule will regulate coal ash ponds and dry special waste landfills.
- Beneficial reuse of coal combustion residuals as an ingredient in concrete, cement, wall board, and other materials and as fill is safe and allowed.
- The rule will focus on storage facilities’ locations, safety practices, groundwater protection standards and structural requirements.
- Specific compliance data and information must be posted to a public website, called the CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information.
The CCR Rule establishes federal design standards for CCR landfills and impoundments in addition to already existing state standards related to CCRs. The CCR Rule requires the internet posting of certain information.
In our CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information section, you can access the company’s plans for compliance and information about each of LG&E and KU’s facilities regulated under the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.
Improving land and water quality
LG&E and KU got ahead of the curve and are currently on track to fully convert next year to dry storage for coal combustion residuals — eliminating the use of ash ponds and other storage impoundments at our four coal-fired power plants. These projects meet new state water quality standards and the U.S. EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.