A model for the nation: byproduct recycling that supports other industries
Recycling and reusing coal combustion byproducts benefits the environment, our company and other industries.
The generation of electricity at our power plants results in byproducts that we beneficially reuse to reduce the consumption of natural resources, to conserve valuable landfill space and to generate revenue. These byproducts include fly ash used in cement and other concrete products, slag used in roofing shingles and asphalt paving, gypsum used in wallboard, and sulfuric acid used in fertilizer and water purification. Industries important to the area's economy utilize these byproducts. Tampa Electric's reuse of materials supports our commitment to the community. And, revenue generated from Tampa Electric's byproducts lowers electricity prices for our customers.
Tampa Electric demonstrates exceptional commitment to sustainable environmental practices through programs, policies and procedures that help to protect our environment. Company practices – such as source reduction, waste and hazardous waste generation minimization – greatly reduce solid and hazardous waste and disposal quantities. Given the magnitude and complexity of electric operations, the quantity of hazardous waste generated by Tampa Electric is relatively small. Each Tampa Electric facility works toward becoming a designated small quantity generator of hazardous waste.
The company has established onsite and offsite recycling programs – which include programs for products such as antifreeze, used oil, paint and solvents, mercury-containing devices, pesticides and scrap metal – to significantly reduce the production of solid and hazardous wastes and conserved valuable natural resources.
EPA Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule Compliance
The EPA's Final CCR Rule was published on April 17, 2015 and went into effect on October 19, 2015. The rule regulates existing active CCR waste landfills and surface impoundments (ponds) and all new CCR waste disposal units built after the rule's publication. The rule also regulates inactive surface impoundments that contain CCRs and water after the rule's effective date. Tampa Electric's Big Bend Station has existing onsite CCR surface impoundments regulated under the rule. The company is required to perform groundwater monitoring, formulate operating plans for its regulated CCR units and to post the resulting reports and other documents on this website.
CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information