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When: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Where: Clouds Brewing
126 N. West Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 
United States
Contact: Alec Dziwanowski

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AEG Carolinas Dinner/Meeting

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Clouds Brewing, Raleigh


The Carolinas Chapter of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Presents

Guest Speaker:

Rick Gaskins


  • Place:  Clouds Brewing, 126 N. West Street, Raleigh (improved sound and crowd-quieting controls during the presentation will be in place)
  • Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Time:  5:30 PM socializing begins, 7:00 PM buffet dinner, 8:00 PM presentation begins
  • Cost: AEG and ASCE members $40; non-members $45; public-sector employees, teachers, and general public $20, students free with college ID.  Cost includes one beer ticket courtesy of Environmental Conservation Laboratories, Inc. (ENCO) and Contaminant Control, Inc. (CCI).  Thanks to Keith Oravits of ENCO and Mark Vestal of CCI!
  • Reservations:  Please RSVP either via email to Alec Dziwanowski ( by 5:00 PM on Monday, April 8, 2019, or reserve and pay in advance by PayPal at our website,  If you pay at our website, you do not need to send Alec an email.   Paying in advance will save you the time you’d have to wait to pay at the door.

Note!!  Attendees that walk in without an RSVP will be charged $5 in addition to the meeting cost.


Abstract for Rick’s Presentation

An AEG Carolinas member saw an excellent presentation by Rick in January on his work along the Catawba River, which is adjacent to a Duke Energy plant.  We thought his presentation would be interesting to our members not only for an overview of the current status of coal ash but also for the perspective of a former riverkeeper where there hasn’t been a documented release.  As you can see in his biography below, Rick was an environmental attorney in private practice for a long time (and is now returning to practice) and is well known among environmental attorneys in North Carolina.  Rick will discuss the issues associated with coal ash in the context of the history of the coal ash in North Carolina, including:

  • Environmental concerns about coal ash stored in unlined ponds
  • Coal ash litigation strategy
  • The Dan River spill
  • Coal Ash Management Act
  • Federal regulation of coal ash
  • Coal ash used as structural fill
  • Reuse of coal ash in cement and other products
  • Disposal of coal ash

Rick will discuss the issue from the perspective as the former Executive Director of an environmental non-profit, although he will also discuss the perspectives of his former clients that operate coal-fired power plants.

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