Albright Power Station Closed Landfill

Acknowledgement: A Water’s Edge Hydrology project by Terry Rightnour, ARM’s Senior Hydrologist

The Albright system is one of the earliest applications of passive treatment to leachate from a coal combustion residual landfill.  The system was initiated as a research and development project and later expanded to provide full-scale compliance.  The original facility consisted of four aerobic wetland cells, and favorable performance led to the addition of two lateral flow anaerobic/aerobic wetland cells in 1992.  Results from the Springdale research project in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania led to the addition of three manganese-oxidizing beds (MOBs) in 1996.  The project has been remarkably reliable in meeting iron compliance since its inception, achieving reductions of over 99 percent, and since the addition of the MOBs has easily met manganese goals with reductions also exceeding 99 percent.  A 2007 study by EPRI documented this site as one of the longest continuous records of passive treatment performance available.  Maintenance involves only an annual cleaning of surface vegetation from the MOBs and routine mowing of cell perimeters.

Owner: FirstEnergy Corp.
Facility: Closed Albright Power Station
Location: Preston County, WV
Year Constructed: 1987
Construction Cost:1 $618,000
Annual O&M Cost: $13,000
10-yr Treatment Cost:2 $0.014/gal
Design Flow: 100 GPM

Compliance Parameter Results 3:

pH: 7.51 SU
Iron: 0.042 mg/L
Manganese: 0.051 mg/L
Dissolved Oxygen: 7.5 mg/L

1: Construction cost in 2012 dollars
2: Construction cost + 10 x $13,000 annual O&M divided by 10 year design flow
3: Average effluent value for system life.


Albright CCR Landfill Constructed Wetland Leachate Treatment System