Coal and Natural Gas Issues

  • Effluent Guidelines: Coal Mining Point Source Category; Amendments to Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards: EPA data and comments (comment EPA is amending the wastewater regulations for the Coal Mining Point Source Category (40 CFR Part 434) by adding two new subcategories. EPA is establishing a new subcategory that will address pre-existing discharges at coal remining operations. EPA is also establishing a second new subcategory that will address drainage from coal mining reclamation and other non-process areas in the arid and semi-arid western United States.
  • Human Health and Environmental Damages from Mining and Mineral Processing Wastes: A background document to illustrate the human health and environmental damages caused by management of wastes from mining (i.e., extraction and beneficiation) and mineral processing, particularly damages caused by placement of mining and mineral processing wastes in land-based units.
  • Kentucky Coal Education Web Site: Directed to students, teachers, employees of the coal industry, and the general public to expand their knowledge of coal and the coal industry. At present (1/2003) seems to be in a beginning state with only information on one mine, Portal 31, Kentucky's First Exhibition Coal Mine.
  • Mining Wastes: Mining wastes include waste generated during the extraction, beneficiation, and processing of minerals. Most extraction and beneficiation wastes from hardrock mining (the mining of metallic ores and phosphate rock) and 20 specific mineral processing wastes (see side bar below) are categorized by EPA as "special wastes" and have been exempted by the Mining Waste Exclusion from federal hazardous waste regulations under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
  • is presented as an educational website covering a variety of topics related to the natural gas industry. The purpose of this website is to provide visitors with a comprehensive information source for topics related to natural gas, and present an unbiased learning tool for students, teachers, industry, media, and government.
  • U.S. Energy Information Administration: A statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy that provides policy-independent data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.