On April 17, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a final rule for management and disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) from electric utilities.
Under Subpart D, 40 C.F.R. Part 257, the CCR rule establishes a comprehensive set of requirements for the safe disposal of CCR material generated from combustion of coal in electric power generation, commonly known as coal ash. The CCR rule applies to owners and operators of new and existing landfills, and surface impoundments (commonly referred to as ash ponds), including lateral expansions of such units that dispose or otherwise engage in solid waste management of CCR generated from combustion of coal in electric power generation.
On November 22, 2016, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) amended the Georgia Rules for Solid Waste Management, 391-3-4-.10, to include comprehensive requirements for the disposal of CCR in landfills and surface impoundments at electric generating facilities regardless of their operational status or when the facility ceased producing electricity. The Georgia CCR rule required owners and operators of landfills and surface impoundments containing CCR to submit an application for a Solid Waste Handling Permit by November 22, 2018.
On January 10, 2020, the EPA released a notice of approval for Georgia EPD’s CCR permit program, as only the second approved state program in the country. On February 10, 2020, Georgia EPD’s CCR permit program was authorized by EPA to operate in lieu of the federal CCR Program. The Georgia EPD is now approved to regulate all actions to ensure ash pond closures are protective of the environment.
Each CCR unit will record compliance with rule requirements in the facility's operating record, notify the state as required, and maintain this publicly available website. These requirements help ensure transparency and provide citizens with the information about our CCR units.
View plant specific documents for CCR rule compliance, groundwater monitoring, dewatering and ash pond closures.