As coal is considered as a substitute for other fuels, more serious attention is being given to the environmental impacts of the whole coal fuel cycle: mining, transport, storage, combustion and conversion. This volume presents an up-to-date account of these environmental impacts and the recent developments to combat and control them. A feature of the book is the way in which it discusses not only the experience and developments in North America and Western Europe but also presents much information made available for this study on the developments in the socialist countries of Eastern Europe.


For professionals in coal technology, environmental analysis, energy risk assessment and management and for graduate students in mining engineering, chemical engineering and environmental technology courses.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. Abbreviations and acronyms. Units, conversions and equivalents. Elements and chemical compounds. Coal in the international energy scene. Land disturbance and reclamation after mining. Resource demands of coal production. Environmental impacts of coal transportation. Coal combustion. Coal conversion technologies. Application of the exposure commitment model to coal utilization emission problems. The environmental significance of trace elements from coal combustion and conversion processes. The environmental significance of coal-derived carbon compounds. Occupational and environmental health problems from coal utilization and conversion. The effect of coal utilization emissions on natural and man-managed terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Index.


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@qu:Few publications manage to assemble comparable data from both the 'free market' and the 'centrally-planned' economies. This book has achieved such a breakthrough, and, in addition, has demonstrated not only that forecasters on both sides of the curtain are equally fallible but that they are prepared mutually to redress the situation. @source:ESRISAT, Volume 15, Number 6, Australian Mineral Foundation @qu:A welcome addition to the growing ranks of the literature on the health and environmental impact of coal use. @source:SPEA Review