A new standard that addresses the Characterization of Coal Combustion Products (CCPs) in Storage Area(s) for Beneficial Use completing its second round of balloting this week at ASTM International October 2022 Committee Week in New Orleans, Louisiana. Verdantas Senior Consultant, William Petruzzi, and Staff Engineer, Abbey Calmes, were on-hand to lead the technical discussions surrounding this new standard.

As part of the ASTM Subcommittee E50.03 on Beneficial Use, the proposed guide is intended to serve as a companion document to ASTM E3183-18 Standard Guide for Harvesting Coal Combustion Products Stored in Active and Inactive Storage Units for Beneficial Use. ASTM E3183-18 was also written by Verdantas experts.

A task group led by William Petruzzi has been developing a framework to address critical aspects related to characterizing of CCPs placed in active (operational) and inactive (closed or no longer receiving CCPs) storage areas. These storage areas may be used for wet or dry CCPs.

Currently, very limited guidance is available on how to approach characterization studies for CCP.

William Petruzzi says, "There is a significant need for a standard that provides such a framework. It can be used as a guide by a variety of stakeholders including regulatory agencies, utilities, specific industries or end users, consultants and/or other interested parties."

About ASTM Committee E50

ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action has a current membership of approximately 1,000. It has 6 technical subcommittees that have jurisdiction of over 93 standards that have and continue to play a preeminent role in all aspects commercial real estate transactions, corrective action, pollution prevention, and beneficial use, and biological effects and environmental fate.

The scope of the Committee includes, but is not limited to multi-media environmental assessment and risk management issues including environmental assessment, environmental management, corrective action due diligence, and sustainability.

ASTM committees are open to anyone with an interest, but only members of ASTM can view, vote, and submit comments on draft standards during the balloting process.

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