CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information
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.
Closing ash ponds safely and permanently
Alabama Power is making significant progress to safely and permanently close all its ash ponds. The closure process is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as safe and effective.* Alabama Power is going beyond the close-in-place process to improve long-term water and environmental protection.
THE CLOSURE PROCESS
Advanced treatment ensures the water meets environmental standards before being removed.
Excavate and reduce
Material is carefully excavated and moved farther away from rivers and waterways, creating protective buffers while reducing the size of each pond.
Using advanced engineering, additional protections, such as redundant dike systems and other structures, are being constructed for increased, robust flood protection.
Permanent closure and ongoing monitoring
Finally, a specially engineered, watertight barrier is constructed over the material to keep it safely and permanently in place. Ongoing monitoring ensures water quality around the closed site is protected.
*Source: EPA, Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40 CFR 257.102(d)