Coal-Gas Conundrum

by Deborah English, Proj. Engr.; B & V Waste Science and Technology, Kansas City, MO,
Carol Whitlock, (M.ASCE), Project Mgr.; B & V Waste Science and Technology, Kansas City, MO,
Dean Hargens, Sr. Envir. Consultant; Iowa Electric Light and Power Co., Cedar Rapids, IA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 3, Pg. 49-51


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Manufactured gas from coal brought streetlights and clean cooking fuel to the late Victorian era, but a hundred years later their legacy isn't quite so beneficial. Investigators are finding certain coal tars are characteristic hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, making some sites of former manufactured coal gas plants Superfund sites. Iowa Electric Light and Power Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, owned just such a site in Fairfield, Iowa, and retained B & V Waste Science and Technology Corp., Kansas City, Mo., to study it and come up with a plan for remediation. Engineers from B & V are in the midst of a two-year pilot study of the potential for bioremediation.

Subject Headings: Waste sites | Mine wastes | Coal mining | Hazardous wastes

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