Waste Liquid At Brown Coal Mine

around Kayford Mountain, West Virginia, USA

Mined coal must be washed with water and processed with chemicals to prepare it for market. This creates tremendous volumes of fine, wet “slurry” which is stored in impoundments held behind earthen dams built across valleys. On numerous occasions, these containment structures have failed, releasing large quantities of toxic slurry which has inundated and devastated the valleys below the dams.

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