Vectren announces plan to recycle ponded coal ash


Courtesy: Vectren

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy company, announced on Wednesday that ponded coal ash from its A.B. Brown generating station will be excavated and recycled for beneficial reuse.

This week, Vectren filed an application with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to recover the costs associated with the ash pond remediation.

Vectren will soon begin construction on the infrastructure needed to transport the coal ash to the Ohio River, where it will be transported for reuse.

Vectren said this will reduce future cost and environmental risk.

A multi-year agreement was signed for up to six million tons of ponded ash starting in 2021.

“This partnership with the manufacturer is an ideal solution – the material is removed from the environment, it will be used for beneficial purposes, and the cost to customers will be less than other viable compliance options,” said Lynnae Wilson, chief business officer, Indiana Electric. “Vectren’s decision to recycle the ponded coal ash reduces the impact on the environment and allows for the safe clean closure of the A.B. Brown coal ash pond.”

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(This story was originally published on August 14, 2019)

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