Webinar Series: Navigating the Changing Landscape of the Federal Coal Combustion Residuals Rule

Navigating the Changing Landscape of the Federal Coal Combustion Residuals Rule
Wednesday, November 6 and Wednesday, December 4, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

The US EPA promulgated standards for Coal Combustion Residuals for the first time on April 17, 2015.  Since that time there have been administrative challenges to the rule, a rule amendment, a court decision from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and now in 2019 a regulatory agenda that forecasts four major rulemakings.  In the midst of these changes, a 42-month self-implementing milestone schedule has created numerous challenges to the utility industry to demonstrate consistent application to standards nationally.  This webinar series will cover changes and amendments to the rule as well as highlight specific areas of risk and measures undertaken to mitigate that risk.
     $300 A&WMA Member; $420 Nonmember 
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Part 1:  The Federal Coal Combustion Residuals Rule: Implementing Groundwater Monitoring/Corrective Action Requirements
Wednesday, November 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

The requirements of the Federal Coal Combustion Residuals Rule are evolving and ambiguous.  This presentation will highlight the challenges and opportunities associated with the Groundwater Monitoring and Corrective Action part of the rule in its current status, and potential changes that should be taken into account for an effective compliance program.  You will learn what ambiguities and opportunities exist in the current rule, how they affect remedy selection, how forensic tools might be used to avoid, or limit, the scope of groundwater corrective measures, and key issues that may arise during public involvement in the remedy selection process.
     $169 A&WMA Member; $229 Nonmember 

  • Carl Eldred, Attorney, Hopping Green and Sams
  • Mr. Bob Glazier, Principal, Geosyntec Consultants
  • Ms. Allison Kreinberg, Geochemist, Geosyntec Consultants
Moderator:  ​Brad Runkel, Professional Engineer, Consumers Energy

Part 2:  The Federal Coal Combustion Residuals Rule:  Forecasting Significant Changes from EPA’s New Requirements
Wednesday, December 4, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
US EPA provided notice in the Spring Administrative Policy that it would be seeking to publish four major rulemaking efforts that would amend the Federal Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.  This presentation will summarize changes that EPA is proposing and highlight areas that are expected to be impacted by these amendments to the federal rule.  Perspectives of opportunities and risk as it relates to utility operations and long-term stewardship and liability will also be addressed.
     $169 A&WMA Member; $229 Nonmember 
  • Carl Eldred, Esq., Hopping Green & Sams
  • John Pugh, Southern Company
  • Harold D. Register, Jr. Consumers Energy
Moderator:  Brad Runkel, Consumers Energy

Presenter and Moderator Bios 
Carl Eldred, Attorney, Hopping Green and Sams
Mr. Eldred is a shareholder with the law firm of Hopping Green and Sams, located in Tallahassee, Florida.  Carl routinely represents and counsels electric utilities and other industrial clients on solid and hazardous waste management, waste recycling, and property contamination issues. Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Carl obtained a law degree in England before moving to Virginia, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate.

Mr. Bob Glazier, Principal, Geosyntec Consultants
Mr. Glazier is a Principal with an M.S. in Geochemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.  He is a Professional Geologist (PA and NY) and has 35 years of experience with solid waste disposal facility groundwater monitoring and remediation under CERCLA, RCRA, and state regulations. He uses forensic geochemistry tools and in situ treatment technologies to limit the scope of corrective measures and has completed five high-profile assessment of corrective measures studies for CCR units that include monitored natural attenuation (MNA) components.

Ms. Allison Kreinberg, Geochemist, Geosyntec Consultants
Ms. Kreinberg is a geochemist with an M.S. in environmental sciences from Ohio State University.  She has experience in groundwater monitoring statistics, geochemical modeling, web-based data visualization, treatability studies, and corrective measures.  She manages groundwater compliance at 14 power plants for a Midwestern utility, completed numerous alternative source demonstrations, and conducted experiments on metals stabilization and geochemical microbiology, which are critical aspects of evaluating groundwater corrective measures. She was a member of the CCR monitored natural attenuation guidance team for the Electric Power Research Institute.

John Pugh, Professional Geologist, Southern Company Services
John Pugh currently works with Southern Company Services in Birmingham, AL.  His responsibilities include representing the Company’s engagement in federal environmental rulemaking involving land, waste and clean water regulatory issues. 
In his career, John has also been responsible for managing or implementing various portions of the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule for Southern Company - including groundwater monitoring systems, structural integrity assessments, ash pond closure planning and related activities. John is a registered professional geologist in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida.

Mr. Harold D. (JR) Register, Jr., P.E., Senior Engineer, Consumers Energy, Environmental Services Department
Mr. Register currently works for Consumers Energy focused on engineering, groundwater monitoring and corrective action, and policy for coal combustion residuals.  He tracks state and federal policy and rulemaking in his role as chairman of the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) Ash Committee.  Mr. Register previously worked as a regulator for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection rounding out his 22 years of experience in solid and hazardous waste management and remediation.  He is a professional engineer licensed in Michigan with degrees in Environmental and Civil Engineering. 

Moderator:  ​Brad Runkel, Professional Engineer, Consumers Energy
Mr. Runkel is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and currently works for Consumers Energy in Jackson, Michigan.  In his current role, Brad serves as the Coal Combustion Residuals Compliance Supervisor for the Environmental Department.  His prior work experience includes managing environmental due diligence and remediation projects for Consumers Energy and, prior to that, being an Area Environmental Manager for various Republic Services landfills and transfer stations in Michigan. His education includes BSE, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University – East Lansing, 2005.