NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Fires in abandoned coal mines and waste banks.

Authors
Kim-AG; Chaiken-RF
Source
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9352, 1993 Jan; :1-58
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10012129
Abstract
Fires that occur in abandoned coal mines, waste banks and in coal outcrops constitute a serious health, safety and environmental hazard. Toxic fumes, the deterioration of air quality, and subsidence constitute the greatest hazards from these fires. Although fires on abandoned mined land (AML) occur in every coal producing state, the severity of the problem varies. Methods to extinguish or control AML fires, including excavation, fire barriers and sealing, are generally expensive and have a relatively low probability of success. The report includes information from a variety of sources. Factors affecting the occurrence, propagation and extinguishment of AML fires are discussed. Conventional fire control methods are described, and their probable effectiveness is evaluated.
Keywords
Abandoned-shafts; Underground-mining; Toxicity; Air-pollution-control; Barriers; Excavation; Sealing; Fire-safety; Fire-control; Fire-extinguishers; Spoil; State-government; National-government; Government-agencies; Effectiveness; Subsidence; Fires; Coal-mines; Health-hazards; Air-pollution; Waste-banks
Publication Date
19930101
Document Type
Information Circular
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-232551
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
IC-9352
NIOSH Division
WO
Source Name
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9352
State
DC
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division