Charah Options Acquires Cheswick Producing Station and Associated Services from GenOn for Sustainable Environmental Remediation and Redevelopment of Properties

Charah® Options, Inc. has introduced that it has entered right into a binding settlement to accumulate the Cheswick Producing Station, the Lefever Ash Landfill and the Monarch Wastewater Therapy Facility from GenOn and can start environmental remediation and sustainable redevelopment of the Pennsylvania properties upon closing. The asset buy settlement with GenOn was signed in December 2021, and the complete switch will happen in early April 2022 after the Cheswick Producing Station ceases electrical era operation. Charah Options has commenced the redevelopment and remediation planning efforts and can start bodily work after closing. GenOn will proceed to take care of duty for the plant and function the plant, the landfill and the wastewater therapy facility within the regular course of enterprise by closing.

As a part of this settlement, Charah Options, by three firms associated to its subsidiary, Charah Environmental Redevelopment Group, LLC (CERG), will purchase the properties from GenOn Holdings, LLC, which include:

  • The Cheswick Producing Station, a 565 MW coal-fired plant operated by GenOn, situated in Springdale, PA, exterior of Pittsburgh and alongside the Allegheny River. The 56-acre major producing station website, together with an adjoining 27-acre parcel, consists of an working rail line, a coal yard, backside ash emergency and recycle ponds, waste ponds and a coal pile runoff pond, coal supply gear, and an ash dealing with parcel. CERG can be chargeable for the shutdown and decommissioning of the coal energy plant, the remediation of the 2 ash ponds and performing all environmental remediation and redevelopment work on the website. The Cheswick Producing Station is anticipated to be deactivated on March 31, 2022.
  • The Lefever Ash Landfill situated three miles northwest of the Cheswick Producing Station in Cheswick, PA. The 182-acre website, together with the 50-acre landfill facility, is at present working and offers disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) and residual waste from the Cheswick Producing Station underneath an lively strong waste allow. CERG can be chargeable for the closure design, remediation closure work and put up closure monitoring of the landfill.
  • The Monarch Wastewater Therapy Facility situated on seven acres within the Borough and Township of Springdale in Allegheny County, PA. CERG can be chargeable for day-to-day administration and operations and for compliance with all relevant environmental rules.

CERG has retained Avison Younger to offer actual property advisory, improvement, and brokerage companies to supervise the redevelopment of the property and future gross sales of the remediated properties. CERG plans to redevelop the properties in an environmentally aware method that may develop financial exercise and profit the encompassing communities by job creation, promotion of business, and assist of the tax base whereas enabling the location to offer the very best potential use for the neighborhood transferring ahead, all whereas sustainably remediating the location for the betterment of the neighborhood. The prevailing energy plant can be demolished, and potential redevelopment makes use of for the properties embody renewable vitality and battery storage choices that make the most of the present transmission system, re-use of the switchyard, transportation and logistics that make the most of the river transport property, and different potential industrial makes use of.

This acquisition of the Cheswick Producing Station, the Lefever Ash Landfill and the Monarch Wastewater Therapy Facility is the Firm’s fifth main Environmental Danger Switch (ERT) mission and the second main mission with GenOn. In July 2021, the Firm introduced the acquisition of GenOn’s Avon Lake Producing Station and adjoining property, with the complete switch anticipated to happen within the first half of 2022. As a frontrunner in environmental remediation and danger switch companies to the ability era business, Charah Options offers a confirmed ERT companies mannequin that delivers compelling worth to utility companions, shareholders, native communities and the surroundings. The Firm only in the near past introduced the sale of 80% of the actual property acreage on the former Gibbons Creek Steam Electrical Station and Reservoir with the sale of the extra 20% of the actual property acreage to be introduced in 2022. With roughly 241 present coal-fired energy vegetation within the U.S. anticipated to be decommissioned over the subsequent 10 to fifteen years, Charah Options is ideally positioned to capitalize on its progressive ERT companies mannequin to companion with extra utilities to carry out the shutdown, remediation and redevelopment of those plant properties for years to come back.

“That is the top of an period for Cheswick, and the retirement of this facility displays the modifications occurring in our nation and around the globe,” states David Freysinger, GenOn CEO. “We’re delighted to succeed in settlement with Charah Options because the Cheswick Plant approaches the top of its helpful life. This transaction will convey Charah Options’ experience to bear in redeveloping the property for the advantage of the neighborhood.”

In keeping with Scott Sewell, Charah Options President and CEO, “Our Environmental Danger Switch companies are progressive and sustainable options designed by Charah Options to fulfill the evolving and more and more complicated wants of our utility companions to decrease their prices and meet their environmental commitments. Many utilities are experiencing an elevated must retire and decommission older or much less economically viable producing property whereas minimizing prices and maximizing the worth of the property and enhancing the surroundings. Our distinctive scale to offer a single-source reply for large-scale, complicated environmental options continues to be a compelling answer for our utility companions. The Cheswick mission is one other instance of Charah Options offering a customized method for these complicated initiatives whereas sustainably remediating the location and redeveloping the properties in an environmentally accountable method designed to create financial and environmental advantages for your complete neighborhood.”

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