FirstEnergy to ship Mansfield coal waste to mine site in West Virginia

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) on Nov. 29 announced its Bruce Mansfield Plant in Shippingport, Pa., will ship coal combustion residuals (CCRs) for reclamation of a site owned by the Marshall County Coal Co. in Moundsville, W.Va.

Marshall County Coal is a subsidiary of Murray American Energy Inc. that operates a longwall mine in the Pittsburgh coal seam bought earlier this decade from CONSOL Energy. The CCR materials will be placed at the site beginning in early December.

“Selection of this site means that 100 percent of the coal combustion residuals created at the Bruce Mansfield Plant will now be sustainably recycled or beneficially reused,” said Don Moul, senior vice president, Fossil Operations and Environmental. “After thorough consideration, the company determined that this option provided the most environmentally sustainable and cost-effective solution.”

Approximately 80% of Mansfield’s CCRs will be used for mine reclamation, while the remainder will continue to be recycled into drywall by National Gypsum at its production facility located in Shippingport. The Moundsville site is already permitted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WV DEP) to beneficially reuse CCRs.

FirstEnergy plans to ship approximately four to five barges of material per day 77 miles to the facility, eliminating the need for truck transportation over local roads. Prior to shipment, excess moisture will be removed from the CCR materials at the Mansfield plant’s newly-constructed, $260 million dewatering facility. FirstEnergy currently places a portion of its CCR materials at the Little Blue Run disposal facility, which the company will no longer use beyond Dec. 31, 2016.   

CCRs are created through the combustion of coal and during the scrubbing process at coal-fired generating plants, and are designated as a non-hazardous material by state and federal environmental protection authorities.

FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiaries control nearly 17,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro and other renewables. Bruce Mansfield is FirstEnergy’s largest coal-fired plant. Its three coal-fired units produce 2,490 MW. 

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.