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Fires in Abandoned Coal Mines and Waste Banks.


PB93232551

Publication Date 1993
Personal Author Kim, A. G.; Chaiken, R. F.
Page Count 68
Abstract Fires that occur in abandoned coal mines, waste banks and in coal outcrops constitute a serious health, safety and environmental hazard. Toxic fumes, the deterioration of air quality, and subsidence constitute the greatest hazards from these fires. Although fires on abandoned mined land (AML) occur in every coal producing state, the severity of the problem varies. Methods to extinguish or control AML fires, including excavation, fire barriers and sealing, are generally expensive and have a relatively low probability of success. The report includes information from a variety of sources. Factors affecting the occurrence, propagation and extinguishment of AML fires are discussed. Conventional fire control methods are described, and their probable effectiveness is evaluated.
Keywords
  • Fires
  • Coal mines
  • Health hazards
  • Air pollution
  • Abandoned shafts
  • Underground mining
  • Toxicity
  • Air pollution control
  • Barriers
  • Excavation
  • Sealing
  • Fire safety
  • Fire control
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Spoil
  • State government
  • National government
  • Government agencies
  • Effectiveness
  • Subsidence
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1978
  • Waste banks
Source Agency
  • Bureau of Mines
NTIS Subject Category
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
Corporate Authors Bureau of Mines, Washington, DC.
Supplemental Notes Library of Congress catalog card no. 92-20449.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Information circular/1993.
NTIS Issue Number 199324
Fires in Abandoned Coal Mines and Waste Banks.
Fires in Abandoned Coal Mines and Waste Banks.
PB93232551

  • Fires
  • Coal mines
  • Health hazards
  • Air pollution
  • Abandoned shafts
  • Underground mining
  • Toxicity
  • Air pollution control
  • Barriers
  • Excavation
  • Sealing
  • Fire safety
  • Fire control
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Spoil
  • State government
  • National government
  • Government agencies
  • Effectiveness
  • Subsidence
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1978
  • Waste banks
  • Bureau of Mines
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
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