What is bad about coal slurry?
It contains elevated levels of chlorides, sulfates, arsenic, lead, mercury, and selenium. Coal companies dispose of coal slurry in massive impoundments. Coal slurry impoundments represent a major threat to public health andaquatic organisms due to potential contamination of groundwater and streams.
How do you get rid of coal slurry?
The slurry is usually disposed of by pumping it into an impoundment area where particles are allowed to settle. Most impoundments in Appalachia use the natural topography of a valley to form a storage basin, with a dam-like structure known as an embankment built near the head of the valley.
How is coal slurry used?
Coal-water slurry fuel is a combustible mixture of fine coal particles suspended in water. It can be used to power boilers, gas turbines, diesel engines and heating and power stations.
What chemicals are in coal slurry?
Coal slurry can contain hazardous chemicals such as arsenic and mercury and can kill aquatic wildlife, as was the case in the Martin County spill. This impounded liquid waste can sometimes total billions of gallons in a single facility.
What happens if a coal impoundment breaks?
Breaks in coal slurry impoundments can threaten the lives and health of area residents, destroy homes and businesses, and contaminate water supplies.
Is coal ash good for the garden?
As rain can quickly wash these nutrients out of the soil, it is best to process the ash through a compost heap. Store the ash in a dry place, and it to the compost material as you fill the bins through the year. Ash from smokeless fuel and coal is not suitable for garden use.
How does coal affect human health?
Coal impacts: air pollution
They include mercury, lead, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and various other heavy metals. Health impacts can range from asthma and breathing difficulties, to brain damage, heart problems, cancer, neurological disorders, and premature death.
Are there alternatives to the mining process of coal?
Types of renewable energy resources include moving water (hydro power, tidal and wave power), thermal gradients in ocean water, biomass, geothermal energy, solar energy, and wind energy.
What’s a slurry pond?
Any natural or artificial pond or lagoon for settling and draining the solids from washery slurry.
What is duff coal?
i. Fine dry coal (usually anthracite) obtained from a coal-preparation plant. The size range is 3/16 to 0 in (4.8 to 0 mm).