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Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Costs. Appalachian and Midwestern Coal Supply Districts.

Evans RJ; Bitler JR
NTIS: PB 251 982 :50 pages
Reclamation costs were estimated for 20 coal surface mining operations in the Appalachian and Midwestern Coal Supply Districts (these two districts were divided into three multi-state regions). The cost data were obtained through on site observations, interviews with mining company personnel, and the authors' cost estimating procedures. The cost data are presented in terms of dollars per acre, dollars per ton of coal produced, and dollars per cubic yard of overburden moved during backfilling. The reclamation process is divided into three cost categories: premining planning, backfilling, and revegetation. The average total reclamation costs for the three regions are $2.77 Per ton of coal produced and $8,168 per acre. As the result of comparisons of reclamation costs by region, by mining method, by slope, and by size of operation, the most important reclamation cost difference is between area mining methods ($1.73 Per ton) and contour mining methods ($3.81 Per ton). The federal Bureau of Mines conducted this study to determine as accurately as possible the actual costs involved with the reclamation of coal surface mined land done in conjunction with active mining operations. (Out of print.)
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NTIS: PB 251 982
Page last reviewed: December 3, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division