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Wednesday, 13th May 2009

Energy Commission Releases VA Tech Study on Upstream Challenges for Coal in the U.S.

Energy Commission Releases VA Tech Study on Upstream Challenges for Coal in the U.S.
Source: Bipartisan Policy Center

The National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) today released a study assessing major issues facing the continued large scale production of coal in the United States. The study, funded by NCEP and undertaken by Virginia Tech (VT), sought to investigate different aspects of the coal supply chain and to highlight critical “upstream” fuel cycle issues that need to be addressed to ensure that the domestic coal industry can continue meeting the nation’s energy demands while delivering the social benefits and environmental performance demanded by the public.

The study examines the domestic coal production system, which includes: coal reserves determination; mining technology and resource optimization; coal processing technologies; health and safety issues; environmental protection; standards and practices; and human resources issues.

After significant input from a diverse group of stakeholders and more than a year of research, VT produced a comprehensive report reviewing all coal-related upstream issues, identifying problems and strengths, and recommending areas of improvement.

+ Full Report (PDF: 4.1 MB)



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