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Charah’s SUL4R-PLUS Product Manufacturing Facility in Partnership with LG&E Featured in Power Magazine

LOUISVILLE, KY (March 3, 2014) – Charah®, Inc., a total solutions company providing unparalleled service and innovation for the coal-fired electric utility, is pleased to have been featured in the March 2014 issue of POWER magazine.

Click here to read the article entitled “Converting Sulfur from Flue Gas into Fertilizer” detailing Charah’s unique partnership with Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) to recover thousands of tons of gypsum to create a pelletized sulfur product that will be sold to and distributed by agricultural companies.

The SUL4R-PLUS® Product Manufacturing Facility, a one-of-a-kind agricultural product development facility at the Mill Creek Generating Station, represents an innovative approach to the beneficial use of coal combustion byproducts.

SUL4R-PLUS® product, in its unique patent-pending pelletized form, will help meet the increasing demand for sulfur by the regional farming industry. While synthetic gypsum has been used in agriculture applications in the past, Charah is the first to pelletize the byproduct, making sulfur application easier for the farmer.

About Charah, Inc.

Founded in 1987, Charah®, Inc. is a total solutions company providing unparalleled service and innovation. Based in Louisville, KY, Charah today is one of the largest providers of coal combustion product management and power plant support services for the coal-fired electric utility industry. Charah assists utilities with all aspects of managing and recycling ash byproducts generated from the combustion of coal in the production of electricity. Services include landfill construction, operations, management & closure; fly ash, bottom ash, Gypsum & FGD byproduct management; coal combustion product (CCP) sales & marketing; innovative products for the agricultural market; power plant support services including limestone supply, gypsum operations & wastewater treatment; ash pond conversion & closure; wet to dry fly ash conveyance and collection system conversion; ash pond management; Integrated Gasification Combine Cycle (IGCC) slag beneficiation and other innovative solutions. For more information, please visit www.charah.com.

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American Farmer to Feature Charah, Inc. in Upcoming Episode on RFD-TV

Exploring the latest innovations and advancements in sulfur-fertilizer.

Louisville, KY─ Charah, Inc., a total solutions company providing unparalleled service and innovation, announced today that its SUL4R-PLUS® product for the agricultural industry will be featured in an upcoming episode of American Farmer, airing later this year on RFD-TV.

Viewers will be educated on how this new patent-pending pelletized sulfate product is unlike any other sulfur-fertilizer product on the market, making sulfur application easier, enhancing soil quality and improving production of crops.

“SUL4R-PLUS® product, in its unique pelletized form, helps meet the increasing demand for sulfur by the regional farming industry,” said Danny Gray, Executive Vice President. “While synthetic gypsum has been used in agriculture applications in the past, Charah is the first to pelletize the product. It puts growers in control of the application process and makes their job easier and faster, and therefore more cost effective, in virtually any farming environment.”

“Because of its uniform pellet size, SUL4R-PLUS product can be applied with other dry inputs, and spreads evenly for superior coverage, and because it is a sulfate form of sulfur, it starts working almost on contact,” said Charlie Cowan, producer for American Farmer. “Charah provides the highest quality in performance and innovative solutions that are environmentally conscious, and we are excited to educate our viewers about the unique products they provide.”

About Charah, Inc.:

Founded in 1987, Charah®, Inc. is one of the largest providers of coal combustion product management and power plant support services for the coal-fired electric utility industry. Based in Louisville, KY, Charah performs all aspects of managing and recovering the resource value from byproducts generated during the combustion of coal in the production of electricity. Services include construction, operations, sales & marketing, and innovative product development for the agricultural market.

For more information, visit: www.charah.com, www.SUL4R-PLUS.com or call 877-314-7724.

 

About American Farmer:

American Farmer is a breakthrough program on a mission to showcase the latest advancements in agriculture and farming. From seed to harvest, livestock and more, our producers have traveled the country covering the people, places and issues impacting all areas of farm country.

American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30am ET on RFD-TV as well as Tuesdays at 12:30pm and Saturdays at 1:30pm ET on FamilyNet.

For more information visit: www.AmericanFarmerTV.com or call (866) 496-4065.

 

Media Contact: Charlie Cowan, Senior Producer

DMG Productions / American Farmer

(866) 496-4065 x 875 / Charlie@AmericanFarmerTV.com

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EPA Issues Clean Bill of Health For Fly Ash Concrete and Synthetic Gypsum Wallboard


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a new study that concludes the use of coal fly ash in concrete and synthetic gypsum in wallboard are safe and appropriate beneficial uses.

“…Environmental releases of constituents of potential concern (COPCs) from CCR fly ash concrete and FGD gypsum wallboard during use by the consumer are comparable to or lower than those from analogous non-CCR products, or are at or below relevant regulatory and health-based benchmarks for human and ecological receptors.” the EPA said in its report. “EPA supports the beneficial use of coal fly ash in concrete and FGD gypsum in wallboard. The Agency believes that these beneficial uses provide significant opportunities to advance Sustainable Materials Management (SMM).”

Barnes Johnson, director of the EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery which authored the report, spoke about it at the Winter Meeting of the American Coal Ash Association in Albuquerque on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

The study was released along with an EPA-authored “Risk Evaluation Methodology” the Agency says any party can use to evaluate various encapsulated uses for Coal Combustion Products.

EPA began developing the methodology in 2011 after the Agency’s Inspector General criticized the Coal Combustion Products Partnership (“C2P2”) for “inadequately” evaluating the risks of coal ash beneficial uses the program promoted. EPA shut down the C2P2 program after the report. EPA officials have not expressed any interest in restarting the C2P2 program now that the methodology is complete and have indicated that they do not plan to conduct any additional studies utilizing the methodology.

The Agency also plans to develop a methodology for evaluating risks of unencapsulated beneficial uses of coal ash. The Agency originally planned to develop that methodology by April of 2014, but it likely will not be complete by then.

A copy of the encapsulated beneficial use risk evaluation and the study on fly ash concrete and synthetic gypsum is available on EPA’s website here: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/imr/ccps/benfuse.htm

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Charah Executive Named President of American Coal Council Board of Directors

LOUISVILLE, KY (February 5, 2014) – Charah®, Inc., a total solutions company providing unparalleled service and innovation for the coal-fired electric utility industry, announced today that its Executive Vice President, Danny L. Gray, has been named president of the board of directors of the American Coal Council (ACC), effective January 1, 2014.

The ACC, headquartered in Washington, D.C., represents the collective interests of the American coal industry in advocating for coal as an economic, abundant and environmentally sound fuel source. The Association provides relevant educational programs, market intelligence, advocacy support and peer-to-peer networking forums to advance members’ commercial and professional development interests.

Mr. Gray joined Charah in 2008 and has over 30 years experience in the electric utility and coal ash management industries. Prior to joining Charah, Mr. Gray served as Vice President of Mineral Resource Technologies, Inc. (MRT), a CEMEX subsidiary, and in various senior management positions at ISG Resources and JTM Industries, Inc. He began his professional career with American Electric Power.

About Charah, Inc.
Founded in 1987, Charah®, Inc. is a total solutions company providing unparalleled service and innovation. Based in Louisville, KY, Charah today is one of the largest providers of coal combustion product management and power plant support services for the coal-fired electric utility industry. Charah assists utilities with all aspects of managing and recycling ash byproducts generated from the combustion of coal in the production of electricity. Services include landfill construction, operations, management & closure; fly ash, bottom ash, Gypsum & FGD byproduct management; coal combustion product (CCP) sales & marketing; innovative products for the agricultural market; power plant support services including limestone supply, gypsum operations & wastewater treatment; ash pond conversion & closure; wet to dry fly ash conveyance and collection system conversion; ash pond management; Integrated Gasification Combine Cycle (IGCC) slag beneficiation and other innovative solutions. For more information, please visit www.charah.com.

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Societal Benefits of Fossil Energy at Least 50 Times Greater than Perceived Costs of Carbon

Benefits outweigh supposed costs by range of 50-1 to 500-1

Washington, D.C. – The benefits of fossil fuel energy to society far outweigh the social costs of carbon (SCC) by a magnitude of 50 to 500 times, according to a landmark study‎ released by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) today.

“It is without question or debate that our national and global societies have benefited from fossil fuels. And those benefits will continue to be realized from coast to coast and around the globe for generations to come,” ACCCE President and CEO Mike Duncan said. “If this Administration attempts to calculate the future costs of carbon, it’s imperative that policymakers also consider the actual and potential benefits of our carbon-based economy. Fossil-based energy has powered three industrial revolutions, including today’s ‎technology revolution. It has increased life expectancy, improved the quality of life, supported the cause of liberty, and brought hope to every civilization that has used it. I would hope that legislators and regulators understand this and enact and support policies that continue the responsible use of fossil fuels – especially clean coal.”

According to the study, The Social Costs Of Carbon? No, The Social Benefits Of Carbon, over the past 250 years global life expectancy has more than doubled and incomes have increased 11-fold in large part due to increased energy production and delivery, most of which has been fossil-based. And although a Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) estimated the social cost of carbon (SCC) to be $36/ton; the actual societal benefits of carbon – as a by-product of energy production – is 50 to 500 times greater than the perceived cost.

“Even the most conservative estimates peg the social benefit of carbon-based fuels as 50 times greater than its supposed social cost,” Dr. Roger Bezdek, the lead author of the report said. “And the benefits are actual fact; founded on more than two centuries of empirical data, not theoretical summaries based on questionable assumptions, dubious forecasts, and flawed models.”

The report goes on to say that coal is the world’s fastest growing energy source and has increased nearly as much as all other sources of fuel combined. Much of this growth is in emerging economies like China and India, which are just beginning to realize the social and economic benefits that reliable, affordable electricity can bring. It is expected that coal will continue to be the leading feedstock for electricity generation around the globe for at least the next three decades. Additionally, according to the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Energy Information Administration, fossil fuels will provide 75 to 80 percent of the world’s energy for the foreseeable future.

Here in the United States, coal remains the largest feedstock for baseload electricity generation supplying nearly 40 percent of the nation’s electricity. But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making it increasingly difficult for clean coal energy to survive in the United States. The agency’s proposed rule for new coal-fired power plants, the New Source Performance Standard (NSPS), has been widely criticized for its unachievable requirements. NSPS requires the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) for all new coal-fueled power plants, a technology that is not yet commercially viable. Therefore, the EPA proposal effectively bans new coal plants.

These regulations seem to ignore the $130 billion the industry has invested in clean coal technologies that have already reduced emissions by nearly 90 percent over the past forty years.

“Fossil fuels have provided the energy to improve farming yields, grow manufacturing and business, and are now powering data servers and even the Cloud,” Mr. Duncan said. “And while we have all benefited from reliable, clean coal electricity, there are still those who seek to end this American form of power. More and more, this Administration has abdicated its energy policy to the EPA whose regulations will shutter existing coal power plants and thwart the construction of new ones. We would hope that evidence in support of the benefit of fossil fuels, including clean coal, will help bring common sense to the regulatory process.”

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