Greenidge Generation has agreed to a $105,000 settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency to resolve violations under its Coal Ash program, marking the initiative’s first enforcement action. The settlement addresses the company’s failure to comply with groundwater monitoring requirements and mandates the proper closure of a coal ash surface impoundment. Despite agreeing to the fine, Greenidge has not admitted fault, showcasing the company’s commitment to environmental responsibility and the remediation of legacy pollution issues.
The EPA highlighted the risks associated with coal ash, a byproduct of coal combustion containing harmful contaminants. Greenidge’s proactive measures to transition from coal-fired to natural gas operations have significantly reduced the environmental footprint of its Dresden facility, which now focuses on electricity generation for bitcoin mining and the state’s power grid. The settlement underscores the importance of stringent coal ash management practices to prevent waterway and groundwater contamination, ensuring the protection of public health and the environment.
Under the agreement, Greenidge will undertake comprehensive groundwater monitoring and analysis to assess contamination levels and implement a corrective action program if necessary. The company has committed to the removal of the coal ash pond within five years, adhering to federal and state standards. This effort demonstrates Greenidge’s dedication to addressing past environmental concerns and contributing positively to the region’s future, underscoring the critical role of regulatory compliance in safeguarding natural resources.
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