This week, Georgia Power announced that preparation activities are underway to permanently close all of the company’s 29 ash ponds located at 11 coal-fired generation facilities across the state. Twelve ponds are scheduled for closure in less than two years; 16 are expected to close in less than 10 years; and one pond is expected to close in approximately 10-14 years. The cleanup process will cost more than $1 billion in the next 10 years, the company said.
The company has worked with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) on the closure plan and will continue to work closely with the EPD throughout the closure process. [Teplitzky]