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University of North Dakota Win Award for Research into Coal Combustion Products

The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) received an award for outstanding research on coal combustion products (CCPs) and for outstanding public outreach.

The C2P2 Award for Research recognizes the EERC’s excellence in measuring mercury and other air toxic elements released from CCPs and expanding the uses of coal ash for a wide variety of commercially viable and environmentally friendly applications. The EERC had the first comprehensive research program to measure the release of mercury from CCPs and has dedicated the past seven years to the issue.

The award was presented during the Coal Combustion Products Partnership (C2P2) awards ceremony on April 13, 2005, at the World of Coal Ash Conference in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.

“We are honored to be recognized for our expertise in measuring the release of mercury from coal utilization by-products,” said EERC Senior Research Advisor Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett. “With the installation of mercury control technologies on our nation’s coal-fired power plants, the EERC’s work in this area is timely and will facilitate informed by-product management decisions.”

“Awards like this recognize the EERC’s 25-year commitment to very practical, scientifically based engineering of market-driven uses for coal combustion products,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold.

As part of the award, the EERC’s Coal Ash Resource Center Web site ( was also recognized. The site provides general coal ash-related information to the public, serves as a technical resource for those involved in the coal ash industry, and highlights the EERC’s coal ash research program.

Other awards were presented to Great River Energy and Xcel Energy, two of the EERC’s corporate partners in mercury-related research.

The C2P2 program is a joint initiative between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the CCP industry to promote increased use of coal ash in environmentally sound ways. Cosponsors of the program include the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Coal Ash Association, the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group, and the Federal Highway Administration.

The EERC applied for membership in the C2P2 Program in August of 2003 and is one of 109 charter members in the program, which includes both federal and state agencies as well as industry organizations.

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