CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information
Georgia Power is committed to providing clean, affordable energy and protecting and preserving the environment. We’re taking the necessary precautions to manage closing our ash ponds, monitoring ground water conditions and properly disposing of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs).
On April 17, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final rule for Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) from Electric Utilities.
Under Subpart D, 40 CFR, Part 257, the new rule establishes minimum national criteria for 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.
Subpart D, Part 257 applies to owners and operators of new and existing landfills and surface impoundments, including lateral expansions of such units that dispose or otherwise engage in solid waste management of CCRs generated from combustion of coal in electric power generation.
This subpart does not apply to CCR landfills that have ceased receiving CCRs or to electric facilities that have ceased producing electricity prior to Oct. 14, 2015. The EPA vacated part 40 C.F.R. § 257.100 of the CCR rule and issued the CCR “Extension Rule” on October 4th, 2016. The Extension Rule extends compliance deadlines under the CCR rule for units impacted by the vacatur of 40 C.F.R. § 257.100.
On November 22, 2016, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division amended the Georgia Rules of Solid Waste Management to include comprehensive requirements for the disposal of CCRs in landfills and surface impoundments in Georgia at electric generating facilities regardless of their operational status or when the electric generating facility ceased producing electricity. The Georgia CCR rule requires owners and operators of landfills and surface impoundments containing CCRs to submit an application for a Solid Waste Handling Permit by November 22, 2018.
Each CCR unit subject to the final rule requirements will record compliance with these requirements in the facility's operating record, notify the state of decisions and maintain this publicly available website of compliance information. These requirements help ensure transparency and provide citizens with the information about our CCR units.