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Burnout control at the Albright coal waste pile fire.
Chaiken RF; Bayles LG
Mine Drainage and Surface Mine Reclamation. Volume II: Mine Reclamation, Abandoned Mine Lands and Policy Issues. Vol. II. Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1988 Apr; :337-342
A novel technique for the control of fires in coal waste piles has been developed and tested by the Bureau of Mines. It is an important step in developing a comprehensive approach to solving the technical, environmental, social, and economic problems associated with fires on abandoned coal-mined lands. In the Burnout Control process, a pipe is inserted into the waste pile, and a large suction fan applies a vacuum to the interior of the pile causing ambient air to flow into the pile. The air flows through the porous waste and into the interior fire zones thereby enhancing the burning process. All heat and fumes produced are collected and exhausted through the suction pipe and fan. Burnout Control was tested in a 0.75 acre zone of a 300,000-yd3 burning coal waste pile near Albright, WV. In this first trial, there was no intent to utilize the heat produced, but simply to test the applicability of the Burnout Control concept to a burning waste bank. Preliminary interpretation of the data indicates that Burnout Control is indeed applicable to burning coal waste fires, and that it can function in an environmentally and economically sound manner.
Coal-mining; Control-methods; Environmental-factors; Environmental-control; Waste-disposal; Air-flow; Mine-fires
IH; Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Mine Drainage and Surface Mine Reclamation. Volume II: Mine Reclamation, Abandoned Mine Lands and Policy Issues
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