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Georgia Power seeks proposals for reuse of stored coal ash

Georgia Power Co. is seeking proposals for the beneficial reuse of coal ash from active and retired coal-fired power plants.

The Southern Co. subsidiary said it already recycles over 75% of dry coal ash it currently produces.

"Today, most of the coal ash Georgia Power produces is recycled for various beneficial uses, such as Portland cement, concrete and cinder blocks, and we are committed to seeking new beneficial reuse opportunities for the coal ash stored at our active and retired plants across the state," said Mark Berry, vice president of environmental and natural resources for Georgia Power.

Bidders must send their information and get their prequalification questionnaire from Gary Lee by email at gwlee@southernco.com no later than Jan. 24. Qualified bidders must attend a mandatory informational prebid to be held in Atlanta early this year.

In September 2015, Georgia Power unveiled plans to permanently shutter all of its coal ash ponds.

In December 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved a state coal ash permitting program for Georgia, which was opposed by environmental groups who argued that the program runs afoul of key provisions in an Obama-era coal ash rule.