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State-of-the-art in extinguishing refuse pile fires.
NCA 1st Symp on Plant Refuse Disposal Louisville Kentucky 1974 Oct; :165-182
In an analysis of the state-of-the-art in mine refuse pile fire extinguishment, the relative ease of preventing these fires was examined. Of course, prevention is the best method of extinguishment. It is hoped that new regulations and a concern for the environment will mean the end of the mine refuse pile fire. Many of those now in existence will burn out and cool naturally, others will be controlled due to increased public concern. For the control of these fires there are several methods available. In spite of space-age technology, the most effective control is the mundane method of digging out the heated material and cooling it. If this is not practical because of space limitations or other conditions, control is possible using covering or grouting techniques.
Fires; Fire prevention; Fire fighting; Fire extinguishing systems; Refuse collection; Waste disposal; Waste treatment; Mine fires; Mining; Hazard controls; Fire hazards; Environmental factors
NCA 1st Symp. on Plant Refuse Disposal, Louisville, Kentucky, October 22- 24, 1974
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