Alabama Power reworks landfill for Gorgas coal plant

Alabama Power submitted to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) an application to continue to operate and to modify an industrial waste landfill known as the Gorgas Steam Plant Landfill.

The proposed modification, which the department is taking comment on until early December, would allow for the construction of disposal cells for coal combustion residual (CCR) waste and would result in an increase in the facility boundary, a decrease in the approved disposal area, an increase in the average daily volume of waste disposed, and the addition of waste streams approved for disposal.

The waste stream for the Gorgas Steam Plant Landfill would be Coal Combustion By-Product (CCB) related wastes which shall include fly ash, bottom ash, FGD gypsum, and baghouse byproducts consisting of a mixture of any or all of the following: fly ash, powdered activated carbon, lime or other comparable dry sorbent material; non-putrescible and non-hazardous construction and demolition waste and rubbish; tires; asbestos; and non-hazardous industrial wastes such as anion/cation resins and non-hazardous sandblast waste. The service area for the Gorgas Steam Plant Landfill would remain the Gorgas Steam Plant located in Parrish, Alabama.

The maximum average daily volume of waste disposed at the landfill would be 2,000 cubic yards per day (an increase of 1,960 cubic yards per day). The Gorgas Plant Landfill would consist of 352.5 acres (an increase of 245.5 acres) with a disposal area of 68.73 acres (a decrease of 38.27 acres).

The five-unit, 1,221-MW Gorgas plant is located along the Black Warrior River near Parrish. 

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