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Coal Ash Management Forum

July 21, 2016 - July 22, 2016

Hilton Charlotte Center City
222 East Third Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 

The conference aims to be a forum where both the utility and waste management sectors can share ideas, research, operations strategies and case studies on how to manage coal ash beneficially or in a landfill setting.  Opportunities to better understand challenges in how coal combustion residuals on the power generation side will be discussed as will experiences from existing landfill owners and management companies.  This forum is geared towards engineers, landfill managers, and ash managers, as well as the consultants and suppliers that provide solutions for managing coal ash.


Early registration for the forum is closed, however you can register on-site outside the Carolina Hall at the Hilton Charlotte Center City Hotel.  Please note that the program lunch is sold out and will not be included with new registrations (general registration is being offered at the discounted rate of $220 for new registrants due to lunch not being offered).  Registration is limited (first come first served basis) and will open at 7am on Thursday, July 21.  If you require assistance please send an email to education(at)erefdn.org.

General Registration: $250
Federal/State/Municipal Agencies and Academia: $35
Students: $20

Hotel Reservations

The event room block at the Hilton Charlotte Center City is sold out, however the hotel has limited rooms available here or by calling 704-377-1500 (rate is not guaranteed).

Click here to view neighboring hotels within a short walking distance should you wish to inquire with these hotels directly.


Subject to Change

Thursday, July 21

8:00 – 8:15 AM
Bryan Staley, Environmental Research & Education Foundation
Anne Germain, National Waste & Recycling Association

8:15 – 9:45 AM
Perspectives on CCR Management:
Steve Dixon, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. 
     “Trends in CCR Production and Management”
Harry Lamberton, Waste Management
     “Coal Ash Disposal – Lessons Learned”
George Hamrick, Duke Energy
     “Coal Ash Management – A Different Landscape”
Moderator – Steve Menoff, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

9:45 – 10:15 AM

10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Current Research on Coal Combustion Residuals:

John Daniels, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
     “Water Repellency for Ash Management”
Ching-Hua Huang, Georgia Institute of Technology
     “Immobilization of Heavy Metals by Solidification/Stabilization of
      Co-Disposed Flue Gas Desulfurization Brine and Coal Fly Ash”
Maria Juenger, The University of Texas at Austin
     “Geopolymers for Coal Combustion Product Solidification/Stabilization”
Vincent Ogunro, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
     “Alternative Management Practices of CCR and FGD Brine,
      Water Repellency”

12:15 – 1:30 PM

1:30 – 3:00 PM
Geotechnical and Other Design Considerations:
Craig Benson, The University of Virginia
     “Impact of Coal Combustion Product Leachates on Compacted Soil
      Liners and Geosythetic Clay Liners”
George Koerner, Geosynthetic Institute
     “Landfilling Coal Combustion Residuals with Geosynthetics”
Bob Bachus, Geosyntec Consultants
     “Geotechnical Characterization of Ponded Fly Ash and Impacts
      to Liquefaction and Flow Potential”

3:00 – 3:30 PM

3:30 – 4:30 PM
Transportation Considerations/Onsite vs Offsite Management:
Henry Duperier, Duke Energy
     “Closure by Removal – Transportation Considerations”
Ken Daly, Amec Foster Wheeler
     “CCR Landfill Perspectives: On-site or Off-site Management?”

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) & Odor Management Issues:
Florentino De la Cruz, North Carolina State University
     “Chemical and Biological Reactions of Sulfate when Disposed in a
      Municipal Solid Waste Landfill”
Jeff Marshall, SCS Engineers
     “Hydrogen Sulfide Issues at CCR and MSW Co-disposal Sites”

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Networking Reception
Vida Cantina 
210 E. Trade St.

Learn More About EREF-Funded Coal Ash Research

Geopolymer-Based Solutions for Coal Combustion Product Solidification and Stabilization

Water Repellency for Ash Containment and Reuse

Immobilization of Heavy Metals by Solidification/Stabilization in Challenging Coal Fly Ash and in Co-Disposed Coal Fly Ash and Concentrated Brines

Chelant-Enhanced Selective Leaching and Capture of Rare Metals from Coal Ash

Recovering Strategic Metals from Fly Ash

Exploring Opportunties For The Beneficial Use of Waste to Energy Ash

Friday, July 22

8:00 – 8:30 AM
Overview of Coal Generation/Management:
Jim Roewer, Utility Solid Waste Activities Group
     “CCR Rule and Its Impact on Utility Operations”

8:30 – 10:00 AM
Case Studies:
Rick Buffalini, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
     “Evaluating Alternative Final Cover Systems and
      Construction Experience at the Little Blue Run
      Disposal Facility”
Gabe Lang, AECOM
     “Monitoring and Control Measures for Ash Pond
      Remediation and Pond Lowering”
Don Grahlherr, Tetra Tech, Inc.
     “EnergyWaste Management: A Forward Thinking
      Philosophy to Manage Coal Fired Generation Waste

10:00 – 10:30 AM

10:30 – 11:45 AM
Leachate Management:
Tom Sandy, Brown and Caldwell
     “An Approach to Evaluating Water Treatment
      Technologies  for Treatment of Leachate from Coal
      Combustion Residuals”
Ivan Cooper, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
     “CCR Management in a ZLD System”
Ken Ladwig, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
     “Coal Combustion Product Leachate Characterization and

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Ash Basin Closure Technologies and Moisture Management:
Matt Henry, Republic Services
     “CCR Considerations for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills”
Chris Hardin, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
     “Update on Ash Basin Closure Projects – Innovative
      and Practical Methods for Dealing with Wet and Soft
      Coal Ash in CCR Impoundments” 


























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July 21, 2016
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