H 2.4 Utility Operations and Managing Environmental Risk
H4.1 Utility Operations and Managing Environmental Risk
Nick Steinke – Olsson
Utility environmental managers face an increasingly complex and changing landscape of risks and requirements while having limited resources available to effectively manage their responsibilities. A formal environmental management system (EMS) approach can help the organization to: identify, prioritize, and reduce risks; improve compliance with environmental requirements; encourage stakeholder engagement; and support the overall sustainability of the organization. This presentation will include: an overview of ISO 14001 for EMS; the benefits of a management system approach, including the use of audits to manage risks; implementation strategies and challenges; information management strategies; and an application of this approach at a Utility (pending confirmation).
H 1.3 Community Air Monitoring During Demolition and Management for Environmental Justice
H1.3 Community Air Monitoring During Demolition and Management for Environmental Justice
Melissa McLaughlin – AECOM
AECOM has been designing, installing and operating perimeter ambient air quality and meteorological programs for over 40 years. AECOM’s more recent experience includes numerous perimeter monitoring programs around hazardous waste sites, landfill excavation projects, former MGP site remediation projects, and dredging and sediment processing projects. The same guidelines and approaches apply to dust generated during demolition projects, especially for power plants that have known metals, asbestos, PCB, and crystalline silica impacted building materials. This presentation will focus on the past, present and future of fenceline air monitoring and how environmental justice is creating change.
Safety Considerations for Plant Decommissioning & Demolition (Confirmed)
H4.4 Safety Considerations for Plant Decommissioning & Demolition
Jeff Pope – Burns & McDonnell
The demolition of a power plant presents a unique challenge to utilities. It is important to understand the steps involved in order to conduct abatement and demolition work safely. Demolition of a power plant is different from constructing a new facility in that the dropping and removal of equipment can be unpredictable, therefore safe and controlled methods must be employed. Proper planning is necessary to implement demolition for these plants so that the work can be conducted safely, reduce overall cost and the utility will have a clean, reusable site.
This presentation provides a description of some of the key items required to safely plan and implement a successful demolition project. Different types of demolition methods will be described along with several steps to be considered to plan a safe project.
Co-Author: Donald Barris, III, Burns and McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc.
H4.5 Understanding IPB Requirements for Transformer Change-Outs
Mohsen Tarassoly – Electrical Builder, Inc.
The purpose of this presentation is to provide a brief overview of a transformer replacement project requirements and critical paths. A key element in the generation system, transformers require regularly scheduled maintenance and upkeep. The requirement for replacement of transformers is rather common and consistent; stemming from the need for system uprate, age of the equipment, use of newer technologies, and transformer issues caused by lack of and/or poor maintenance. While much time is spent on analyzing the transformer exchange, often times, a critical factor that is often overlooked is the impact the exchange will have on the existing bus duct system. A variance in elevation, flange layout, orientation of contact surfaces, and phase spacing, are just a few obstacles that could easily cause major delays if not foreseen and properly planned for. The presentation highlights the process to initiate the transformer replacement process, where applicable (system uprate), the sequence by which such projects are carried out, and the pitfalls to avoid that can greatly impact the project’s schedule.
Synergizing EHS and ESG: Strategies for Optimizing Organizational Performance (Confirmed)
Synergizing EHS and ESG: Strategies for Optimizing Organizational Performance
Kaled Fustok – ERM
The primary aim of this presentation is to showcase the optimal strategies for harnessing Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) management systems to facilitate a robust and impactful Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance. Emphasizing the pivotal role of mature data processes within this context, the presentation will explore the convergence of EHS and ESG objectives, demonstrating how well-integrated management systems can yield tangible benefits for organizations. By spotlighting best practices, real-world case studies, and the symbiotic relationship between comprehensive EHS frameworks and successful ESG outcomes, the presentation seeks to equip attendees with actionable insights to drive performance in their organizations.
H 1.4 Decommissioning & Demolition for Power Plants
H1.4 Planning and Implementation of Decommissioning & Demolition for Power Plants
Jeff Pope – Burns McDonnell
With the impending closure of fossil fuel-fired power plants around the country due to cheaper natural gas and environmental regulations, utilities are planning for decommissioning & demolition (D&D) of these plants. The D&D process presents a unique challenge to utilities to conduct the work safely, minimizing cost and concluding with a potentially reusable site.
Planning and implementation of the D&D of these facilities requires upfront planning and coordination with utilities’ operations, environmental, security, safety, management and other stakeholders to successfully complete the project. Upfront identification of permitting issues involving waste disposal, working within a floodplain, demolition permitting, asbestos abatement and isolation of common services at the plant prior to demolition is imperative to manage project expectations and minimize change orders due to technical requirements of any required permits.
This presentation provides a description of some of the key items required to plan and implement D&D process. Several recent project examples will be summarized identifying the actual activities undertaken and the resulting lessons learned.