Coal-related problems of general concern include increased air pollution; effects of Prevention of Significant Deterioration and other Federal air quality regulations; potential water use conflicts; acid mine drainage and other problems related to reclamation of ''orphan'' lands; price and availability of alternative energy sources; transportation constraints; and lack of information on new coal technologies. Perhaps the most important problem stressed was the increase in air pollution that will result from increased coal use unless advanced emission-control technologies are used. This issue is of particular importance to states in the eastern half of the region. Here the increased use of local high-sulfur coals could aid the economy of coal-producing states such as Ohio and Illinois, but would also result in higher sulfur dioxide emissions. While there is a general concern over the impacts of increased air pollution, a related problem is that of meeting Federal standards designed to control pollution. Many states are having difficulty meeting National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Conflicts over water use related to coal development are expected to increase. While both coal-fired generating plants and the gasification plants require much water, demands for municipal and industrial supply, agriculture, and recreation are also increasing. Adequate disposal of solid and liquid wastes from emission-control systems is of concern to many Midwestern state governments. Transportation problems may also slow development of coal in the Midwest. Existing rail networks, cars and engines may not be adequate to haul the amount of low sulfur coal required in the next 20 years. Several other coal-related problems were mentioned at several meetings but were not as common as those discussed above. (ERA citation 04:005083)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Argonne National Laboratory

    9700 South Cass Avenue
    Argonne, IL  United States  60439

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Hilton, M L
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

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  • Pagination: 110 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00191872
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: W-31-109-ENG-38
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM