Coal waste from Florida headed to Panama
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09/28/09 Seán Kinane
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Last December a major environmental disaster occurred when an ash dike ruptured near a Tennessee power plant, endangering schools and residences. 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal fly ash slurry flooded out of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant’s 84-acre solid waste containment area.

Fly ash is a by-product of coal combustion, and is produced by coal power plants everywhere, including TECO’s Big Bend plant on Tampa Bay. All of the fly ash from that power plant is processed by the company Separation Technologies. Rather than putting it in a landfill, they anticipate that by next year they will be able to recycle it all. Some of it will be re-burned; much will be mixed into cement.

Earlier this month, Separation Technologies announced that it will ship 170,000 tons of the fly-ash cement to a hydroelectric dam project in Panama. Tiffany Duffy is their Florida Sales representative.

"[We] take that product and process it to a usable form for concrete applications."

Separation Technologies is expected to begin shipping the fly ash product through the Port of Tampa to Panama this week. Richard Wainio is CEO and Port Director of the Tampa Port Authority. “I’m very pleased that they’re [Separation Technologies] as successful as they have been, ” Wainio said.

Separation Technologies

Tampa Port Authority

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