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East Tennessee Materials and Energy Corporation (???M&EC???)

East Tennessee Materials and Energy Corporation (“M&EC”)
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Asset Retirement Obligation Disclosure [Abstract]  
East Tennessee Materials and Energy Corporation (“M&EC”)

7. East Tennessee Materials and Energy Corporation (“M&EC”)


The Company continues its plan to close its M&EC facility by the end of the M&EC’s lease term of January 21, 2018. Operations at the M&EC facility are continuing during the remaining term of the lease and the facility continues to transition waste shipments and operational capabilities to our other Treatment Segment facilities, subject to customer requirements and regulatory approvals. Simultaneously, the Company continues with closure and decommissioning activities in accordance with M&EC’s license and permit requirements.


In accordance with ASC 360, “Property, Plant, and Equipment,” the Company performed an updated financial valuation of M&EC’s remaining long-lived tangible assets (inclusive of the capitalized asset retirement costs) for further potential impairment during the third quarter of 2017. Based on our analysis using an undiscounted cash flow approach, the Company concluded that the carrying value of the remaining tangible assets for M&EC was not recoverable and exceeded its fair value. Consequently, the Company fully impaired the remaining tangible assets at M&EC resulting in $672,000 in tangible asset impairment loss.


At September 30, 2017, total accrued closure liabilities for our M&EC subsidiary totaled approximately $2,927,000 which is recorded as current liabilities. At December 31, 2016, M&EC had long-term closure liabilities of approximately $881,000 which were reclassified to current at March 31, 2017. The Company recorded an additional $550,000 in closure costs and current closure liabilities during the third quarter of 2017 due to a change in estimated closure costs. The following reflects changes to the closure liabilities for the M&EC subsidiary from year end 2016:


Amounts in thousands      
Balance as of December 31, 2016   $ 3,058  
Accretion expense     149  
Adjustment to closure liability     550  
Payments     (830 )
Balance as of September 30, 2017   $ 2,927  


Revenues for the M&EC subsidiary were $578,000 and $5,650,000 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively, and $703,000 and $3,458,000 for the corresponding periods of 2016, respectively.