"Georgia Power said its 29 ash ponds statewide will no longer receive coal ash within three years, as opposed to a much lengthier timeline previously announced," Chapman and Grantham write. "Ash from 16 of those ponds, located near lakes or rivers, will be completely removed and added to other ponds and landfills or recycled. The company’s other 13 ponds will be 'closed in place' with concrete barriers and other measures designed to keep the ash from the groundwater."
A Georgia Power spokesperson said "it will cost $1.5 billion to $2 billion to close the ponds and keep coal-fired electric plants from creating additional 'wet' ash," Chapman and Grantham write. The power plants "will keep running while the conversion work is underway." (Read more)