Charah Solutions Inc. secured a marketing contract by Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Energy for the beneficiation and utilization of up to 8.1 million tons of reclaimed ponded coal ash at its Chesterfield Power Station in Chester, Va.
As part of the agreement, Charah will install processing and transportation infrastructure this year to facilitate rail transportation of beneficiated ash to portland cement plants across the eastern U.S. The product will replace other currently utilized virgin raw materials in cement production, helping producers meet the growing demand for concrete as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Charah is equipped for efficient raw feed distribution through its MultiSource network of ash terminals and transfer points.
Dominion Energy is required to remove approximately 15 million cu. yd. of coal ash currently stored in two coal ash ponds at Chesterfield Power Station within 15 years due to state legislation passed in 2019. The material must be recycled or placed in a lined landfill that meets federal coal combustion residuals (CCR) and Virginia CCR regulations. To meet the standards mandated, Dominion Energy has contracted with Charah for ash utilization efforts effective 2021 through 2032. The utility operator will store the remaining CCR in a lined landfill adjacent to the ponds.
“Charah Solutions is a national leader in environmental and maintenance services and we look forward to partnering with them for the removal and beneficial reuse of coal ash at Chesterfield Power Station in a manner that is protective of the community and human health,” said Brandon Stites, Dominion Energy vice president of project construction.