Market forces are rapidly undermining the U.S. electric power sector’s reliance on coal and increasing pressure on utilities to take action. The EPA recently finalized the Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule that establishes requirements for the disposal of coal ash in landfills and surface impoundments.
These new regulatory measures, even if ultimately repealed by the current administration, add to broader and more impactful economic market forces that are compelling utilities to close and remediate coal ash ponds. There are approximately 1,227 coal ash ponds located at 321 storage facilities. More than 95% of coal ash storage capacity is located in 20 U.S. states.
Remediation and closure of coal ash ponds will require investment in dewatering systems and treatment systems for contaminated water.
In this Data Insight, Bluefield water experts frame the market by geography, scale, and regulatory outlook for closures & remediation and analyze the impact on water solutions providers.