Georgia Power meets or exceeds federal and state environmental requirements as it works to generate reliable and affordable energy for 2.6 million customers across the state. Compliance is just one important element of the company’s longstanding commitment to meet the energy needs of Georgia and take care of the state we all call home.
On April 17, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final rule - Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System; Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) from Electric Utilities - for the management and disposal of CCRs.
Under Subpart D, 40 CFR, Part 257, the new rule establishes minimum national criteria for purposes of determining which solid waste disposal facilities and solid waste management practices do not pose a reasonable probability of adverse effects on health or the environment.
Georgia Power is permanently closing its 29 ash ponds at 11 coal-fired power plants across the state. In 2016, the company committed that all ash ponds will stop receiving coal ash within three years, and the significant construction work necessary to accommodate the dry-handling of ash has been completed in 2019.
Groundwater monitoring is being conducted in compliance with federal and state regulations. Groundwater is being sampled by independent third-party contractors and analyzed by accredited independent laboratories for 20 substances.