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Questions – Environmental Remediation of Mine Sites?

March 26, 2013

Coal FinesWhat are your thoughts and comments regarding:

The current issues related to the disposition and reuse of coal waste and fines.

A process that makes use of waste discard dumps found in most mining operations and agglomerates the waste into upgraded products with enhanced commercial value while removing them as pollutants of the natural environment?

Your comments are much appreciated.

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  1. March 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    Barry:

    We have been reclaiming waste coal/fines (located in stock-piles/slurry/Gob) for a number of years. The reclaimed product has a higher heat content lower firedamp, low moisture/mineral-free content than that originally mines at the same source. The reclaimed product is then consumed as-is or is briquetted “naked” or blended with biomass the then briquetted.

    The net result is:

    1. Reduction of waste stored by coal producers/consumers thus reducing the potential of breaches in waste containment facilities;

    2. Conversion of surface waste to a consumable product (reducing the need for deep/subsurface mining);

    3. Higher productive yield (lower parasitic load) & lower emission fuels

    4. On site processing of the reclaimed waste and sale of the reclaimed fuel back to the source/consumer means minimal transport disturbance (dust/particulate creation); minimal transport fuel costs; minimal pollution created by transporting the reclaimed fuel stock.

    5. Provided fresh water barge transport remains viable, to the extent the reclaimed stock must be transported fresh water barge transport is the most cost effective lowest pollution means of transporting bulk product like reclaimed coal.

    Jeff

  2. March 27, 2013 6:02 PM

    Jeff,
    Many thanks for the detailed repsonse. Are you a member of LinkedIn? Would like to connect. My email address is barry@tbdamericainc.com. If you can, please advise contact information.
    Again, thank you.
    Barry

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