New USEPA ELGs and CCRs Regulations: Conserve Capital, Lower Future Operating Costs and Ensure Compliance

Sponsored by: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC

Focused on:

  • Power Plants
  • Regulations

Date: 26 January


Time: 12PM New York / 9AM San Francisco

Meeting the Challenge of New Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Coal Combustion Residuals Regulations

As our understanding grows regarding the newly promulgated USEPA Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELGs) and Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) regulations, coal-fired power plants will need to make decisions related to environmental strategies, treatment technologies, and implementation plans. The new laws are inter-related and touch on almost all aspects of a plant's water balance. We will review key aspects of the regulations and the implications to system design and operation. Full scale systems will be expensive and require advance planning, engineering, and project management in order to meet compliance deadlines.

Evoqua has substantial experience in the design, construction and operation of Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) physical treatment systems that are designed to remove the heavy Total Suspend Solid (TSS) load of scrubber purge streams. For operators looking to close settling ponds, this type of system can be the important first step in meeting the ELGs compliance limits. Experience will be shared regarding design factors to consider to help maximize system reliability and longevity. Several advanced-treatment technologies are available for polishing of dissolved metals and the pros and cons of each will be explored.

Many of the same treatment technologies can be employed for the evacuation and closure of coal ash ponds. Temporary and short term treatment equipment is available to deploy for removal of TSS, and dissolved metals to meet emerging NPDES permit requirements necessitated by the CCRs regulations.

Coal-fired power managers should engage resources early for planning and evaluating of options that match the operating profile of each plant. Pilot equipment is the key step for proof-of-concept testing and conceptual design verification. In addition, knowledgeable engineering resources are critical for equipment selection and sizing, budgetary estimates and final designs.

Presented by

Chuck McCloskey,

Director of Industrial Wastewater Services

Mr. Chuck McCloskey is the Director of Industrial Wastewater Services for Evoqua Water Technologies. He has been actively involved in water and wastewater treatment since graduation from Slippery Rock University in 1974 with a degree in Biology. Additionally he studied for his MBA at the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago. Chuck has held positions in sales, marketing, technical support and general management over the past 40+ years. His current duties include the coordination of the design, engineering and implementation of wastewater treatment solutions for industrial customers in the Power, Refining and Chemical Processing industries.

Mike Riffe,

Industrial Application Engineering Manager

Mr. Mike Riffe has more than 40 years of experience in designing, selling, piloting, installing, and validating water treatment systems in industrial applications. Based in Warrendale, PA, he is responsible for leading Evoqua industrial application engineering team. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, CO.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand new USEPA regulations ELGs and CCRs and their impact to coal-fired power plants
  • Provide engineering design and implementation guide
  • Share best practice and case studies


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