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“This year’s conference is themed “Pathway to Innovation” and will feature interactive activities, tools and resources for solid waste leaders to explore the most important issues and find innovative and sustainable solutions for our environmental challenges.” – SWANA
For Immediate Release: January 28, 2019 Contact: John Swenson, EnCAP-IT,
Richmond-Based EnCAP-IT Asks Governor Northam To Ensure Consumer Protection by Including “Alternative Solutions” in Coal Ash Clean-Up Bill
RICHMOND, Va. — While Gov. Ralph Northam and his administration have made
significant, positive progress in ensuring that a bipartisan compromise bill to
clean up Dominion’s coal ash moves forward within the Virginia General Assembly,
Richmond-based company EnCAP-IT is asking the governor to encourage policymakers
to take it one step further to ensure consumer protection.
EnCAP-IT – which has more than eight years of national experience working to resolve environmental issues related – is asking the governor and policymakers to consider including language in SB 1533 that allows for alternative solutions to be considered through a RFP (Request for Proposal) process.
“We are excited about the progress that has been made on this
important environmental issue,” said John Swenson, managing partner
of EnCAP-IT. “By deleting
a couple of words to the current legislation, ‘optionality’ will become a
consideration, which ensures that all solutions to coal ash clean-up are on the
table, therefore creating a win-win for the environment, the commonwealth, and
Currently, the proposed bill calls for two remedies to clean up
Dominion’s coal ash. Those include encapsulated beneficial use of a minimum of 25%
and then disposal. According to EnCAP-IT, unencapsulated beneficial uses (what
EnCAP-IT refers to as “Macroencapsulation”) exist that should also be
considered, not as a substitute alternative, but in addition to the bill’s predestined
Macroencapsulation would allow coal ash to be recycled in
synthetically-lined berms above the water table at a power plant site. This
technique is just as safe as landfilling, however with the benefit of leveraging
existing footprints. VA DEQ has already
determined that this method is safe at two landfills in Virginia, positioning the
Commonwealth as an industry leader.
“Macroencapsulation is a large-volume
beneficial solution to this problem that is not currently on the table,”
Swenson added. “It’s the most practical solution because roadway logistics,
transportation costs and risks are all minimized. In addition, it is a more
affordable option for the ratepayer.”
legislation is finalized, let’s at least ensure that optionality and
alternative solutions are not determined in legislative process, but in RFP
process,” Swenson said. “No matter who gets the job in the end, it’s important
that all options are considered. There
is a lot of work to do.”
was founded in 2009 in Glen Allen, Virginia, as a consulting and design firm.
The company works to resolve environmental issues for waste management, power
and other industries with our proprietary macroencapsulation technology. By
using combustion residuals and other production byproducts to create eMSE
berms, EnCAP-IT can achieve beneficial reuse and dramatically reduce
construction costs for its clients. For more information, visit:
RICHMOND, Va., January 8, 2019 – EnCAP-IT is pleased to announce that today, the twelfth patent was issued to EnCAP-IT (Patent No. 10,174,477) entitled, Reinforced Wall System from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the core technology behind its state-of-the-art safeBERM® solutions.
RICHMOND, Va., December 4, 2018 – EnCAP-IT is pleased to announce that today, the eleventh patent was issued to EnCAP-IT (Patent No. 10,145,079) entitled, Berm and Method of Manufacturing a Berm from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the core technology behind its state-of-the-art safeBERM® solutions.