Georgia Power is preparing to permanently close all 29 of the company’s ash ponds in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Coal Combustion Residual Rule and the new Effluent Limitation Guidelines.
Georgia Power is consulting the state Environmental Protection Division and Georgia Public Service Commission to develop a schedule, which should be finalized and released within the next six months.
Paul Bowers, Georgia Power chairman, president and chief executive officer, says company leaders are developing the closure timeline to meet all federal regulations but also in the most economical way for Georgia Power and its customers.
“Safety and compliance will continue to be our primary focus throughout the closure process, while fulfilling our longstanding commitment to protect the environment and the communities we serve,” said Bowers.
Georgia Power’s ash ponds are located around 11 coal plants across the state. The company is already in the pre-closure process at several sites.
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