Coal Ash and Liquid Management (CALM)
The Coal Ash and Liquid Management (CALM) Initiative was launched in September 2015 at UNC Charlotte by Chris Hardin, P.E., Managing Director and several faculty researchers from the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, (EPIC) in September 2015 to develop practical, technology-based solutions for the energy production industry to address problems and challenges with coal ash and liquids management. Effective January 2018, the CALM Initiative has evolved into a private, industry funded consortium, that is based at the UNC Charlotte PORTAL Building. CALM will continue to utilize the expertise at UNC Charlotte EPIC, but also work with a wide variety of industry experts to address the unique challenges presented by coal ash remediation, coal combustion energy production and energy wastewater treatment.
The objective of CALM is to work with a wide variety of industry partners, and the electric power utilities to provide the most recent technology for evaluating groundwater impacts and coal ash impoundment stability. This will be accomplished by initiating a combination of applied research projects, and large demonstration projects that increase safety, improve long term performance and reduce cost.
Note from the Managing Director
CALM Initiative Members,
As mentioned by the Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) Director, Dr. Mike Mazzola the CALM Initiative has left UNC Charlotte to form a private, industry partner-centered organization focused on coal ash, industrial waste management and wastewater treatment from energy production. This transition was completed effective, January 1, 2018 and the CALM Initiative is an industry consortium located at the PORTAL Building near UNC Charlotte.
As a privately funded, industry consortium the CALM Initiative will continue to focus on developing safe, environmentally responsible, technically sound and cost-effective technologies for containment and/or remediation of coal ash and other industrial waste materials. The CALM Initiative will continue to work with UNC Charlotte EPIC and other respected applied research organizations, while serving the needs of its industry and citizens interested in learning about what it takes produce clean, cost effective and environmentally responsible industrial waste management.
Since its beginning, the CALM Initiative has been a respected technical resource for companies and individuals who are looking for straightforward answers and practical solutions for dealing with coal ash and other industrial waste materials. For those interested in more information feel free to contact the CALM Initiative with ideas about applied research demonstration projects.
Chris Hardin, P.E.
Coal Ash and Liquid Management (CALM) Office and the
Energy & Environment Innovation Foundation, LLC.
The CALM Initiative and its members will periodically convene special Task Forces to address potential problem areas and/or needs for new technology. The purpose of these Task Forces is develop technical solutions for challenging remediation conditions, and/or to create a consensus best management guidelines (BMG's) that can be used by CALM Initiative members.