|Topic:||Coal Waste Impoundments: Risks, Responses, and Alternatives|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Sciences
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Thursday, October 11, 2001
1332 Longworth House Ofc. Bldg. -- 11:30 a.m.
531 Hart Senate Ofc. Bldg. -- 4:30 p.m.
Coal Waste Impoundments: Risks, Responses, and Alternatives
Last year in Kentucky, a structure holding coal waste collapsed, releasing millions of gallons of slurry that flowed through old underground mines into creeks and rivers, including some that supply drinking water to the local community. The incident led Congress to ask the National Research Council, in PL 106-554, to conduct this study, which examines ways to reduce the potential for similar accidents in the future.
These series of briefings were for Members of Congress and congressional staff only. The briefings began on October 10 and continued on October 11, 2001. The report was publicly released on October 12, 2001 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.