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Control of Fires in Abandoned Mines in the Eastern Bituminous Region of the United States. A Supplement to Bulletin 590.
NTIS: PB 232 296 :53 pages
This publication describes abandoned mine fire-control work administered by the Bureau of Mines under cooperative agreements with state and local governments. The work was done by private contractors under the supervision of Bureau engineers. The work is authorized by Public Law 738, approved August 31, 1954, and Public Law 89-4, approved March 9, 1965. Earlier work was authorized by Interior Department appropriations acts for fiscal years 1949-55. A total of 70 fires have been controlled under this program in the eastern bituminous region. The nature and extent of the abandoned- mine fire problem in the bituminous region is discussed, and the methods used for controlling these fires are described. The methods that have been used, either singly or in combination, include loading out and cooling the burning material, installing fire barriers, surface sealing, and water and pneumatic flushing.
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NTIS: PB 232 296
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