NWRA & EREF to Hold Waste Coal Ash Management Forum

US Coal Ash Conference for Power Generation & Waste Management Industries

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US trade association, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has teamed up with the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) to hold a conference on coal ash waste management.

Running 21-22 July this year the Coal Ash Management Forum is intended to provide a platform where both the utility and waste management industries to share ideas, research, operations strategies and case studies on how to manage coal ash beneficially or in a landfill setting.

The organisers said that the forum is geared toward engineers, landfill managers, ash managers, as well as the consultants and suppliers that provide solutions for managing coal ash.

Opportunities to better understand the challenge of managing coal combustion residuals on the power generation side will be discussed, as will experiences from existing landfill owners and management companies.

“Coal ash is a large waste stream that is managed by both the waste and utilities industries,” explained Bryan Staley, president and CEO of the EREF. “The intent of the forum is to provide a venue for information transfer between these sectors and to connect them with cutting edge research and best practices as ash management moves from ponds to landfills.”

The event will focus on research and management practices surrounding coal ash and leachate. Case studies regarding recent issues will be presented. Presentations from leading experts and consultants tentatively include the following topics:

Perspectives and Overview of Coal Generation and Residual Management

Current Research on Coal Combustion Residuals

Geotechnical Considerations

Transportation Considerations/Onsite vs Offsite Management

Hydrogen Sulfide & Odor Management Issues

Leachate Management

Monofilling & Moisture Management

“Coal ash management has experienced a paradigm shift within the past couple of years,” said Sharon H. Kneiss, president and CEO of the NWRA. “It’s important that the waste and utilities sectors align to ensure strategies for handling the ash are as effective as possible.”

A full agenda can be found at HERE

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