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  • Basic Information about Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia ...

    2021-12-18 · Surface coal mining involves: removing parts or all of mountaintops to expose buried seams of coal, and. "interburden" (rock between coal seams). …

  • Coal''s legacy in Appalachia: Lands, waters, and people ...

    2021-12-1 · For more than a century, the coal-mining industry has been a major economic force and employer in the Appalachian region of eastern USA. As national and global energy economies experience rapid change, Appalachian mining is declining in a way that appears permanent. Coal mining, however, has left its mark on the region''s lands, waters, and people.

  • Mine Tailings Disposal Methods

    2017-6-16 · The methods commonly employed for disposal of these wastes in each of the industry segments (that is, coal mining and metal-ore and non-metal mineral mining) are described below. Mining Coal Tailings Disposal. As has been pointed out earlier in this section, immense quantities of wastes are produced by coal mining activities.

  • Atmospheric particulate matter size distribution and ...

    2014-2-19 · People who live in Appalachian areas where coal mining is prominent have increased health problems compared with people in non-mining areas of Appalachia. Coal mines and related mining activities ...

  • Coal | National Geographic Society

    2012-12-22 · Coal is a black or brownish-black sedimentary rock that can be burned for fuel and used to generate electricity is composed mostly of carbon and hydrocarbons, which contain energy that can be released through combustion …

  • Basic Information about Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia ...

    2021-12-18 · Surface coal mining involves: removing parts or all of mountaintops to expose buried seams of coal, and. "interburden" (rock between coal seams). Overburden and interburden are disposed of in adjacent valleys because the …

  • A New Life For Coal Ash

    2016-2-15 · Coal ash is the second-largest waste material in the U.S. behind trash. Utility companies and the ash management firms working for …

  • Strip Mining

    Andrew P. Schissler, in Encyclopedia of Energy, 2004 2.3 Strip Mining. Strip mining is employed in coal reserves where the overburden is removed in rectangular blocks in plan view called pits or strips. The pits are parallel and adjacent to each other. Strip mining is fundamentally different from contour or area mining on how the overburden is displaced, called spoil handling.

  • Coal Mining in Appalachia and Environmental Justice

    2020-8-22 · The coal mining industry in the Appalachian region of the United States is often viewed as a lucrative capital venture. A resource wealthy industry, that also provides energy in the form of fossil fuels for other industries across the country. While coal production and its subsequent use can be viewed as beneficial, the process of mountaintop ...

  • Contaminants in Appalachian Water Resources Generated …

    Appalachian coal mining affects water quality by enabling accelerated mineral weathering and consequent release of dissolved elements; such effects are evident during and after mining.

  • Mountaintop coal mining threatens Appalachian …

    2021-9-21 · Appalachian range in West ia. (Reference image from Pxhere). Biological diversity in the Appalachian mountain streams is being severely threatened by mountaintop coal mining, according to a ...

  • Toxicity of sediments potentially contaminated by coal ...

    Although several earlier studies indicated the effects of coal mining–related contaminants in sediment on mussel behavior (feeding or respiration; 12) and survival 13, limited studies have been conducted to evaluate the toxicity of coal mining–associated contaminants in sediment to mussels, partially due to a lack of methods for conducting ...

  • Appalachia is a gold mine for rare earth elements

    2016-5-27 · Appalachia is a gold mine for rare earth elements. May 27th, 2016 Posted by Ken Kingery-Duke. Erbium. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) The content of rare earth elements in US coal ashes shows that ...

  • Chemicals Used in Mining

    2021-12-14 · Toxic chemicals used in mining include: cyanide, sulfuric acid, and solvents for separating minerals from ore. nitric acid. ammonium nitrate and fuel oil ("ANFO") used in blasting tunnels. heavy metals such as mercury, uranium, and lead. gasoline, diesel fuel, and exhaust fumes from vehicles and equipment. acetylene for welding and soldering.

  • Coal Controversy In Appalachia

    Basic Information about Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia ...

  • Coal Mining''s Blow on the Appalachian Economy – The …

    This further allows coal organizations to abuse the Appalachian environment for their own monetary gain ("The Human Cost of Coal"). Mining still occurs in Appalachia, it happens much less because the coal supply has diminished by such a significant amount since the early 1900s.

  • A toxic crisis in America''s coal country

    2019-2-11 · A bathroom of a home stained by polluted water near a coal mine in West ia. In the shadow of some of America''s most controversial coal mines, where companies use huge amounts of explosives ...

  • Coal Controversy In Appalachia

    Mountaintop removal coal mines have changed the shape, altitude, and ecology of large areas of the Appalachian coalfields. This photograph shows part of the …

  • The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia ...

    2017-12-30 · The first time Nick Mullins entered Deep Mine 26, a coal mine in southwestern ia, the irony hit him hard. Once, his ancestors had owned the coal-seamed cavern that he was now descending into ...

  • Contaminants in Appalachian Water Resources Generated …

    2020-11-26 · Mountaintop removal coal mining enhances and sustains saline baseflows of Appalachian watersheds. Environ Sci Technol 51:8324–8334 PubMed CrossRef Google Scholar Pond GJ (2010) Patterns of Ephemeroptera taxa loss in Appalachian headwater streams (Kentucky, USA).

  • Transcriptome Analysis of Invasive Plants in Response to ...

    Efficient postmining reclamation requires successful revegetation. By using RNA sequencing, we evaluated the growth response of two invasive plants, goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria L.) and mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), grown in two Appalachian acid-mine soils (MS-I and -II, pH ∼ 4.6). Although defic …

  • Table 9. Major U.S. Coal Mines, 2020

    2021-9-23 · 3 Antelope Coal Mine / Navajo Transitional Energy Com Surface Wyoming 19,809,826 4 Freedom Mine / The Coteau Properties Company Surface North Dakota 12,592,297 5 Eagle Butte Mine / Eagle Specialty Materials LLC Surface Wyoming 12,303,698 6 Caballo Mine / Peabody Caballo Mining, LLC Surface Wyoming 11,626,318 ...

  • Interior Dept. halts study into Appalachian mining ...

    2017-8-22 · Interior Dept. halts study into Appalachian mining technique''s likely health hazards. LYNCH, KY - APRIL 16: Abandoned coal company structures are seen on April 16, 2012 in Lynch, Kentucky. The ...

  • Mountaintop Removal | Learning to Give

    2021-11-24 · Mountaintop Removal is an effective coal mining technique that is destructive to the environment and human rights. This method is used in the Appalachian Mountains, but its effects are felt across the country. There are job benefits and cost benefits to the practice, and its negative impact is addressed by a number of different nonprofits and ...

  • Particulate matter pollution in the coal-producing …

    2017-12-22 · the Appalachian communities that are commonly located in narrow valleys, or "hollows," where homes are placed directly along the roads in a region of active mountaintop mining operations. Our study suggests that proximity to heavy coal …

  • Scientists Find Appalachian Mountaintop Removal Coal ...

    2021-11-13 · Scientists Find Appalachian Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Put Endangered Species at Risk Thousands of Times Since 1985, streams and rivers have repeatedly suffered "acute" levels of toxic chemicals in Kentucky, Tennessee, ia, and West ia, despite U.S. efforts to paint a rosy environmental image abroad.

  • Respiratory Diseases Caused by Coal Mine Dust

    2021-12-18 · Coal is an important global commodity and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Thus, mining of coal will also remain important. Despite improvements in exposure assessment and ventilation controls and the existence of protective government regulations, coal miners are still at risk for respiratory diseases caused by coal mine dust and their associated morbidity …

  • OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING

    2009-9-14 · in fiscal year 2006. Coal production declined from a high of 11,260,000 tons in 1972 to 2.564 million tons in 2003. Coal production has increased since calendar year 2003 with 3.385 million tons reported during calendar year 2005. Currently, there are 20 active coal-producing mines that have permitted 9,498 acres for mining.

  • A once thriving coal town has turned toxic, and citizens ...

    2018-3-27 · Minden was a thriving coal mining community during the first half of the 20th century. The town''s mines, located along the scenic New River in Fayette County, were some of the most productive in the region. Life wasn''t easy for the miners and their families, but they were able to make ends meet.

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