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The Creation and Transportation of Fly Ash

Posted by on Thursday, March 31, 2016 in Dry Bulk, News

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Fly ash, also known as flue-ash, is a by-product residue created during the combustion of various materials, but usually refers to the ash and residue created during the combustion of coal.

Typically, the majority of fly ash is made up of silicon dioxide and calcium oxide, as they are the two main components of coal. Depending on the coal’s unique makeup and location, fly ash can contain trace amounts of various minerals. Some of the most commonly seen include:

  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Thallium
  • Mercury
  • Cobalt
  • Boron

In the past, fly ash was disregarded and simply allowed to freely enter the atmosphere. Today, pollution control ordinances now require that the fly ash be collected prior to release. In the US, approximately 43% of fly ash is recycled, the rest is simply stored at coal processing facilities or dumped in landfills.

The transportation of fly ash is a more regulated and strict process than many may think. There are speculated risks regarding exposure to the ash, but nothing has been proved. For the most part, large amounts of fly ash only pose a serious threat to the environment. Improperly handled ash can contaminate ground water sources and drainage ways. Additionally, high lime content present in fly ash can cause a reaction when exposed to large enough quantities of water. Exposure to the resulting fumes can cause lung and respiratory irritation.

It’s for these reasons that fly ash must be transported to end-user recycling or dump areas with safety in mind. By hiring a team with the know-how and equipment to get the job done, you can avoid costly remediation fines in the event of an accident. CCC Transportation can handle all your dry bulk transportation needs in a safe and timely manner. If you would like to learn more about our services, we welcome you to explore our dry bulk capabilities or contact us directly.

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