The Richmond Power & Light facility. Staff file photo by Jordan Kartholl
The Richmond Power & Light facility. Staff file photo by Jordan Kartholl
RICHMOND — Richmond Power & Light has a $26 million plan to dispose of coal ash at its former production facility along U.S. 27.

General Manager Tony Foster presented the plan to RP&L's board of directors, which is composed of Richmond Common Council's members, on Tuesday and received permission to begin work on the permit application to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The coal combustion residuals project became necessary when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implemented in 2015 national regulations for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals, commonly referred to as coal ash. RP&L dispersed coal ash on its land from the 1950s to the 1970s, Foster said.

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RP&L must comply with the regulations because its coal ash is within the specified distance of the nearest groundwater. The mediation is to prevent coal ash residue from entering the groundwater.

After years of study and review, RP&L has formed its remediation proposal, which the board must eventually approve. The plan includes:
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