Jerry Gander

Jerry Gander
Senior Civil Engineer
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P: 816-822-4255
F: 816-333-3690

Ed Tohill

Ed Tohill
Department Manager
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An Eye on Combustion Byproduct Management

For decades, utilities have managed their coal combustion residue (CCR) through beneficial use or disposal in landfills and ash ponds. Now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is evaluating new regulations for disposal of fly ash, bottom ash and other residual materials that could dramatically change long-standing industry practices including beneficial use of CCR materials.

With our diverse staff of engineers, geologists, environmental scientists, permitting specialists and construction managers, Burns & McDonnell is uniquely positioned to help you turn the uncertainty of new regulations into a more certain path forward.

Combustion Byproduct Management from Burns & McDonnell

A CCR landfill can take years to permit, design and construct. No matter what form new regulations take, it is certain that CCR disposal and handling will remain a complex issue. You need a consulting partner with a full spectrum of services, combining energy, solid waste, investigative, permitting and construction-related capabilities like Burns & McDonnell.

With the EPA poised to implement new regulations for CCR disposal, many stakeholders are wondering what lies ahead.

We're ready to help you analyze your disposal methods; explore, design, and/or construct alternatives; and estimate financial impacts under various regulatory scenarios.

Engineering Design and Construction

Our design and construction experience includes disposal facilities for CCR, hazardous waste, and municipal solid waste. Our experience includes successful permitting and design of multiple utility waste landfills throughout the United States.

With wet ash systems likely to be phased out, you also may need an expert like Burns & McDonnell with experience in modifying systems to accommodate dry ash handling. We have design experience with converting water sluicing to vacuum, and pressure and/or vacuum/pressure fly ash systems, and our bottom ash conversion experience includes drag chain conveyors, dry systems and dewatering bins.

With appropriate data in hand, Burns & McDonnell will prepare necessary design and permit documents, construction specifications and construction drawings for:

  • Landfills
  • Wet-to-dry ash handling system conversions
  • Handling and disposal systems
  • Closure of wet and dry ash disposal facilities

When your facility enters the construction phase, Burns & McDonnell has experience providing construction design-build services in addition to full-time resident construction observation and construction quality assurance. We also provide environmental services and hazardous waste management should your selected sites have these concerns.

Environmental Studies and Permitting

Most observers expect a phase-out of wet ash disposal systems under new regulations. Designing and constructing a dry ash disposal system will likely require an extensive permitting process. Burns & McDonnell has expertise to assist with:

  • Permitting
  • Preliminary and detailed site investigations
  • Environmental assessments

Beneficial Use

Beneficial use of CCR materials can provide economic and environmental benefits, as such uses can reduce costs associated with developing and operating disposal facilities, provide a potential revenue source through the sales of these materials, and reduce the demand for native raw materials through substitution of CCR materials. Burns & McDonnell has experience in studying or implementing beneficial use of CCR in the following areas:

  • Underground and surface mine reclamation
  • Coal yard base and pond liner material (roller compacted concrete)
  • Leachate collection system media
  • Protective soil cover systems
  • General fill material
  • Soil stabilization
  • Portland cement concrete
  • Railroad subballast

Master Planning

Do you need an overall cradle-to-grave assessment of your CCR? From your generating plant, through handling and transportation, to final storage and/or beneficial use, Burns & McDonnell can provide critical guidance you need to meet stringent compliance standards. From a comprehensive analysis of current and pending legislation and regulations to final strategies, our experience can maximize economic and environmental benefits.

Environmental Investigations and Remediation

If you currently own or operate a CCR impoundment without a base liner, you may be concerned about groundwater contamination. It is likely that your state and the EPA will require a groundwater monitoring and compliance program. Burns & McDonnell has vast experience in implementing detection, remediation and compliance monitoring programs addressing:

  • Statistical analyses
  • Fate and transport modeling
  • Remediation programs
  • Groundwater treatment systems