The Department of the Interior is supporting a strong coal mining environmental and health and safety research and development effort related to the diverse responsibilities of the agencies within interior. The health and safety program has been in effect since 1970. Selected health projects reported on include dust collectors on longwall shearers, machine-mounted dust monitors, canopy air curtain, and noise. Safety projects reported on include human factors engineering for equipment, Lincoln Training System, environmental monitoring and control, illumination, radar hazard detection, cement grouts for roof bolts, electrokinetic consolidation of coal sludge, mine communication, emergency communications, and improved self-rescuers. The coal mining environmental research activities of interior agencies contain an array of projects covering all aspects of coal mining from exploration to mined land reclamation. The roles and some specific activities of the involved interior agencies are described.
Proc. 4th Int'l. Conf. on Coal Research, Vancouver, Canada, 10/8- 10/78, V. 2, PP. 535-569