Environmental Compliance

Racketing environmental regulatory limits continue to capture the focus of fossil fuel power plants.  While most of the concerning limits were initially stack criteria pollutant emissions, the focus has now shifted to CO2, water, wastewater, ash management.  Incorporating in considerations for revisions to Clean Water Act effluent discharge rules not require careful consideration of the entire waste stream from stack to water outlet.  Experts taking part in these sessions focus on the tools and techniques that your power plant may need to incorporate in order to remain compliant with these environmental regulations.

EP Track 2: Environmental Compliance

EP 2A: A Real World 316b Compliance

Tuesday, April 11 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Room: W180
This session will discuss real-world experiences as power plants work to comply with the so-called 316b regulations.
Chair:
Mark Nagel, PE, Plant Manager-Shawville Generation Station, NRG Energy, Inc.
Co-Chair:
Melanie Green, Sr. Director, Technical Analytics | Power Generation, CPS Energy
Speakers: Technical Developments in Fish Exclusion & Debris Barriers for 316(b) Compliance
Abstract
Andy Peters, Director, Markets and Applications, Pacific Netting Products Inc
  National Grid - Northport Power Station - 316b Implementation
Abstract
Arthur Castelli, Senior Project Manager, RRT SIGMA Engineering
Co-Author(s):
Ezekiel Sachs, Project Technical Lead Engineer, National Grid
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EP 2B: Environmental Mega-Session - Compliance in a New Era

Tuesday, April 11 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Room: W180
This session will explore the strategies needed to effectively navigate the environmental regulations impacting the fossil fuel power industry. Panelists will explore likely scenarios for the future of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, CCR, ELG, and other regulations. As emissions and water discharge limits tighten, both the positive and negative effects from control technologies need to be fully understood and incorporated into an overall site strategy. Compliance strategies, legal issues, and system impacts will be discussed by this distinguished panel, the first to convene at a major industry event since the Inauguration.
Chair:
Mr. Grant Grothen, Principal, Burns & McDonnell
Co-Chair:
Thomas G. Wos, P.E., Regulatory Program Manager, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Moderator:
Tony Licata, Consultant, Licata Energy & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Panelists:
Maria Race, Director, Federal Environmental Programs, NRG Energy, Inc.
 
Block Andrews, Strategic Environmental Solutions Director, Burns & McDonnell
 
Ken Snell, Senior Environmental Consultant, Sargent Lundy, LLC
 
Michael Goo, PARTNER, AJW-Inc.
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EP 2C: Strategies for ELG & CCR Compliance

Wednesday, April 12 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Room: W180
Two of the hottest environmental topics for coal-fired power plant operators are the EPA’s Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Coal Combustion Residuals rule. Neither rule can be viewed in isolation when developing compliance strategies. This session explores available options as well as the decision-making processes for achieving an effective ELG/CCR compliance plan, and kicks off a series of sessions devoted to fleshing out the details of both rules.
Chair:
Dan Connell, Director Strategy & Analysis, CNX Coal Resources LP
Co-Chair:
Thomas G. Wos, P.E., Regulatory Program Manager, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Speakers: Case study: Selecting an ELG/CCR Compliance Path
Abstract
Kyle Osier, Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
Co-Author(s):
Mike Roush, Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Diane Martini, Senior Associate Environmental Scientist, Burns & McDonnell
  U. S. EPA's Final CCR Rule Changes, Beyond Disposal and Containment, Tracking a Moving Target
Abstract
Douglas Dahlberg, Project Associate, Sargent Lundy, LLC
Co-Author(s):
Mohammad Karim, Associate I, Sargent Lundy, LLC
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EP 2D: CCR Panel Session

Wednesday, April 12 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: W180
This panel discussion will cover the various aspects that utilities and engineering firms must consider in planning and implementing coal combustion residual and transportation projects. Compliance with EPA regulations, zero-discharge technologies for bottom ash collection and recirculation systems, water in contact with fly ash, and system options such as remote submerged chain conveyors will be explored.
Chair:
Bob Williams, V.P. Sales & Marketing, Wolf Point Engineers & Contractors
Co-Chair:
David Thomas, CCR Program Lead, DTE Energy
Panelists:
Thomas Adams, Executive Director, American Coal Ash Association
 
Dan J. Whalen, Senior Vice President, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
 
Zachary Bahr, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
 
Randy L. Shepler, Division Manager, CCC Group, Inc.
 
Nathan Higgerson, Power Generation PM/Business Development Lead, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
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EP 2E: ELG Technologies

Wednesday, April 12 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Room: W180
The EPA rule sets the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in wastewater that can be discharged from power plants, based on technology improvements in the steam electric power industry over the last three decades. This session will discuss the EPA’s electric effluent conditional guidelines that came into effect in early 2016.
Chair:
Robert Broglio, Sr. Sales Manager, Doosan Power Services America
Co-Chair:
Mark Nagel, PE, Plant Manager-Shawville Generation Station, NRG Energy, Inc.
Speaker: Emerging Technologies for ELG Compliance
Abstract
Diane Martini, Senior Associate Environmental Scientist, Burns & McDonnell
Co-Author(s):
Tisha Scroggin, Regional GP Manager, CHI, Burns & McDonnell
  Ash Handling and Plant Wastewater Treatment for CCR and ELG Compliance
Abstract
Mike Preston, Chemical Engineer Section Leader, Black & Veatch
  Evaluation of Boiler and HRSG Chemical Cleaning Waste Treatment
Abstract
Michael Rosen, Senior Chemical Engineer, Sargent & Lundy
Co-Author(s):
Joy Rooney, Senior Technical Leader, EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
  Wet FGD Based Mixed Metals Control
Abstract
Gary Meyer, Chief Technology Officer, Redox Solutions
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EP 2F: CCR Compliance – Ash Management

Thursday, April 13 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Room: W180
The U.S. EPA finalized national regulations to provide a set of requirements for the disposal of CCRs, commonly known as coal ash, from coal-fired power plants. The final rule came after years of study on the effects of coal ash on the environment and public health. The rule establishes technical requirements for CCR landfills and surface impoundments under subtitle D of the RCRA, the nation's primary law for regulating solid waste. This session considers a range of options and solutions for managing ash ponds to comply with the new CCR Rules.
Chair:
Melanie Green, Sr. Director, Technical Analytics | Power Generation, CPS Energy
Co-Chair:
Holly Hills, Senior Environmental Engineering Associate, Sargent Lundy, LLC
Speakers: Zero Discharge Ash Handling Compliance Strategies and Cost Analysis
Abstract
Kok Foong Cheong, Sr. Engineer, Sargent & Lundy
  Channel Realignment Project to Maximize CCR Landfill Space - Prairie State Generating Company
Abstract
Nathan Higgerson, Power Generation PM/Business Development Lead, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
  Coal Ash Ponds – Ground Improvement Options for Retirement and Spill Prevention
Abstract
Jeffrey Hill, Director, Hayward Baker, Inc.
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EP 2G: NOx Reduction

Thursday, April 13 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Room: W180
This session will cover methods of NOx reduction in coal-fired boilers including combustion optimization, SNCR, and SCR-related technologies and operation.
Chair:
Thomas G. Wos, P.E., Regulatory Program Manager, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Co-Chair:
Dan Connell, Director Strategy & Analysis, CNX Coal Resources LP
Speakers: High Altitude Coal-fired Boiler NOx Reduction and Performance Improvement through Combustion Optimization without SCR
Abstract
Edward Lightbourn, Director of Engineering Business Development, SmartBurn LLC
Co-Author(s):
Eric Petritz, Manager—Power Generation & Engineering, Talen Energy
  SNCR Experience on Large Coal Fired Boilers with Difficult Operating Conditions
Abstract
Kelly Borgen, Performance Engineer, Westar Energy Jeffrey Energy Center
Co-Author(s):
Geoff Greene, Director, Tecumseh Energy Center, Westar Energy
Kevin Dougherty, VP Business Development & Marketing, Fuel Tech, Inc.
Dale Pfaff, Regional Sales Manager, Fuel Tech, Inc.
  Solving SCR Buildup Issues due to Large Particle Ash
Abstract
Andrew Kline, Engineering Manager, Integrated Global Services
Co-Author(s):
Jeff Shelton, Vice President, Integrated Global Services
Grant Hilbers, Principal Engineer, DTE Energy
  Advantages of Efficient Ammonia-Based Desulfurization Technology and its Application in World's Biggest Ammonia-Based FGD
Abstract
Don Hamilton, Global VP of Sales & Marketing, Jiangnan Environmental Technology Inc.
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EP 2H: Acid Gas Control

Thursday, April 13 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Room: W180
Acid gas control covers various control technologies for acid gas removal in the flue gas path, including impacts on existing control equipment from regulation and unit dispatch changes.
Chair:
Holly Hills, Senior Environmental Engineering Associate, Sargent Lundy, LLC
Co-Chair:
David Thomas, CCR Program Lead, DTE Energy
Speakers: Sorb-Tec™ Injection Technology Delivers Savings for DSI & ACI Systems
Abstract
Grace Whiteford, Technical Sales Engineer, Nol-Tec Systems, Inc.
  HClearTM Technology: A Solution-Based Approach to HCl Abatement
Abstract
Chris Smyrniotis, VP Chemical Technologies, Fuel Tech, Inc.
Co-Author(s):
Chris Smyrniotis, VP Chemical Technologies, Fuel Tech, Inc.
  Challenges of WFGD Operation on Low Sulfur Fuel
Abstract
Mr. Kristen Bell, Senior Associate, Sargent Lundy, LLC
Co-Author(s):
Andy Stimatze, Station Chemist, KCPL
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