FirstEnergy Corp. of Akron is reportedly running a two-month test to bring solidified waste material from a power plan to a nearby landfill. The plan includes testing to load 70 to 80 tons of the power plant by-product onto barges will start in early November.
The sweeping demise of coal ash impoundments will drive a radical shift in how billions of tons of coal ash are managed. But the trend will likely mean big opportunity for landfill operators who can now accept and treat the material with minimal restrictions beyond existing ones to handle MSW.
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“We have invested $250 million in a dewatering facility at the plant where some fly ash and lime will be added to the by-product to make it a more solid material containing less water. We will start making the material this week,” Hoone said.
“The next part of the test will involve loading barges to bring the material to the Wellsville Intermodal Center, where the material will be unloaded with a clamshell bucket crane and put into trucks. Approximately 70 to 80 trucks will then be taking the material south on state Route 7 to state Route 152 and then to the Hollow Rock landfill. The material will be spread and compacted at an existing area,” continued Hoone.
“Our test will involve one barge the first week, then two barges the next week and then two more barges after that. This is a test to load the barges and how to handle the material at the landfill. Hollow Rock will be our secondary, or backup landfill. We plan to have a primary landfill that is still being finalized. The test should be completed in December,” Hoone said.