On April 29, 1977, President Carter enunciated a National Energy Plan which called for an increased reliance on abundant domestic coal, and established a goal of approximately 1.3 billion tons to be produced by 1985. In keeping with this Energy Plan and in an attempt to reverse the declining contribution of anthracite to meeting the nation's critical energy needs, on May 11, 1977, Mr. John F. O'Leary, FEA Administrator, announced the formation of the Anthracite Task Force. This Task Force was charged with the responsibility of setting forth recommendations to improve the production and utilization of anthracite within acceptable environmental parameters. The Task Force feels that the impetus behind the implementation of the recommendations contained in this Report is based upon the importance of recognizing anthracite as an abundant domestic energy resource possessing distinct attributes which allow it to play a potentially major role in meeting the coal utilization objectives of the National Energy Plan. On the other hand, anthracite is a resource faced with distinct problems that limit the realization of its energy producing capabilities. The geological circumstances under which this high grade energy source was created, also produced difficult and expensive mining conditions far different from those encountered in the extraction of other coal resources. As a result, anthracite incurs an initial cost disadvantage relative to many alternative fuels. (ERA citation 04:012269)

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    Department of Energy

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  • Publication Date: 1978-11-18

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  • Pagination: 292 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00191901
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM