Headwaters Resources Forms New Division to Serve Expanding Coal Ash Disposal Market
Friday, June 12th, 2009
America’s largest marketer of coal combustion products – announced today the formation of a division focused on coal ash management and disposal services.
“Many people who know us as a prominent marketer of coal ash for beneficial uses are not aware that our company also has a long history providing ash management and disposal services,” said Bill Gehrmann, president of Headwaters Resources. “As the complexity of managing coal ash increases, Headwaters Resources offers the vision, experience, and capabilities to create comprehensive disposal and marketing programs for utilities and industrial facilities of all sizes. This new division expects to provide valuable tools for complying with changing disposal regulations, while developing options for increasing the safe beneficial use of coal ash.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to strengthen regulation of the disposal of coal ash and several states have undertaken similar efforts. Increased regulation of ash disposal may require coal users to assess their ash management strategies and change certain operations.
“Headwaters Resources offers a full suite of capabilities for assessing ash management programs and implementing high quality disposal and marketing operations,” said Gehrmann. “From permitting to construction and operations, this division intends to tailor services to the needs of individual utilities.”
For example, Gehrmann said, Headwaters Resources plans to draw on extensive experience conducting landfill operations and pond cleanouts, converting disposal operations from wet to dry handling, designing and managing systems for handling flue gas desulphurization materials, deploying systems for improving coal ash quality, and more.
With ongoing projects at 103 utility locations and approximately 20 million tons of coal combustion products under management annually, Headwaters Resources is the largest manager of coal ash resources in the United States. Headwaters Resources is also responsible for more than half of the nation’s total sales of coal fly ash for use in concrete applications – an important contributor to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with concrete construction.