G&U: Fly Ash Terminal Will Supply Vital Material To Regional Cement Producers

Expanded Supply and More Efficient Distribution of Coal By-Product is Critical in Maintaining Cement Supply as New England Building Boom Carries On

01 May, Hopedale MA – Charah Solutions Inc. recently opened a new rail-served distribution terminal for fly ash located in Grafton & Upton’s Hopedale, MA yard. The Hopedale terminal will receive fly ash produced by operating coal-fired power plants nationwide through the Charah network via rail. Distribution to cement manufacturers throughout New England can be accomplished by rail or truck. Regional demand for fly ash is expanding, in line with cement use in the region-wide construction surge.

Expanded New England presence

The new terminal replaces the company’s previous New England distribution hub at the P&W Kansas St. Yard in Worcester. That transload operation opened in January 2017 in order to fill a sudden shortfall in regional fly ash supply stemming from the closure of the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, MA.

Not everyone thrilled

A protest was filed on behalf of Philip Schwachman with the Hopedale Building Commissioner’s office on 07 January, as the silos were raised. Schwachman’s protests asserts that the silos were not erected in accordance with the town’s zoning bylaws. Schwachman owns the nearby, long-vacant Draper Labs building, and is embroiled in an eminent domain effort by the backers of a Hopedale Urban Renewal Plan, which G&U executives have strongly backed.

Others have registered concern about the alleged health risks posed to locals by the presence and handling of fly ash, and the height of the silos, which are visible from anywhere in town.

Hopedale, MA