As a sustainability leader in utility services for more than 30 years, Charah is totally dedicated to preserving our natural resources through environmentally-friendly solutions for our customers and the environment that not only comply with current and future regulations, but which are also sustainable year in and year out. Our track record proves it. We believe that compliance is a cornerstone of Sustainability. And we maintain our record of excellence by continually focusing on key areas that impact Sustainability, including Operations and Safety. We also ensure our commitment going forward through significant investments in employee training.

As a total solutions company providing unparalleled service and innovation, we recognize the environmental issues related to working with our industry partners. Our Engineering and Environmental Group has the expertise and experience to ensure our operations are compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.

Some of the highlights of our environmental program include:

Landfill Management

Landfill management may involve both environmental and engineering services from Charah during the day-to-day operations our team provides. We train our staff to develop a clear understanding of the approved permit to operate (PTO) the landfill. Such issues as byproduct placement, fill progression, site access, stormwater segregation and leachate collection and disposal are just a few key points of good operational practice. Understanding the byproduct is also a key point to a safe and successful landfill operation given the many variations that can be present with handling Class C or Class F Fly Ash, Bottom Ash, and/or Gypsum.

Water Quality

Charah also provides water quality services to our customers. Our team assists with monitoring erosion and sediment control devices that aid in mitigating the release of sediment-laden waters during a rain event. Charah is also very aware of the various discharge requirements that may govern the release of water processed through ash basins. Total Suspended Solids and pH are key factors that we may be asked to watch for while providing rim ditch or ash basin cleaning services.

Air Quality

Recognizing site conditions are defined as “ancillary operations” under a standard Title V Air Quality Permit, performing dust control measures is another important component of Charah’s environmental program. Our team has many methods of eliminating dust on our sites to make Charah more responsive to our customers concerns and meeting the applicable air permit requirements.

Reporting & Handling

As a part of our inventory management, we remain very much aware of Extreme Hazardous Substances (EHS) and provide assistance for reporting as required by the Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Charah’s site operations realize handling materials for reuse requires proper documentation identifying appropriate chain of custody given the rules of material ownership and subsequent liability remains the responsibility of the generator as defined by rules and regulations contained within the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). It is important for any utility to realize and maintain proper records for all materials leaving their site, understanding what they will be used for once they have been accepted by the end-user.

Oil Pollution Prevention

Charah maintains an inventory of petroleum based product containers and implements Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) procedures at every site whether a formal plan is required or not. Our operations are within the EPA limits allowing for self-reporting as SPCC Tier 1 Petroleum Product Storage facilities.