Learning Objective: To learn industry practices for preventing, detecting, and fire control of coal storage piles, high-walls, and mine fires.
Dealing with the spontaneous combustion of PRB coal is a challenge from the time it is exposed to air during the mining process, until it reaches the burners in power plants and steel mill furnaces. This challenge costs the mining and energy industries millions of dollars in resources, manpower, and lost production income to combat each year. This presentation will briefly explain the history of dealing with the challenge, as well as offer the latest advances in technology and tactics that are proven to save industry dollars, but also simultaneously help to improve the natural environment around the mines, and help to mitigate and EPA and MSHA interactions due to spon com or "steamers" as their known in the mines.
Marley Perkins, Sr. Fire Protection Specialist, Southern Company