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Expert to talk about mine ponds


J. Davitt McAteer will testify on Capitol Hill this week about a school’s work tracking coal waste impoundments.

McAteer, former head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration who now works with Wheeling Jesuit University, will speak Thursday to the House Sub- committee on Energy and Mineral Resources, chaired by California Democrat Jim Costa.

Production of coal waste is expected to grow with the demand for energy.

The hearing will look at the need for safe disposal methods.

A fly ash impoundment in Kingston, Tenn., that failed in December is only one of 600 waste dumps nationwide. McAteer says about half are large dams.

Some impoundments store slurry, the waste from washing the coal, while others store coal ash, the material left over when it’s burned.

On the Web: www.coalimpoundment.org

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