Coal ash as a naturally-occurring radioactive material: Regulation before research?

Steven C. Semken, Virginia M. Oversby

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Abstract

Many bituminous and subbituminous coals contain levels of uranium (U) on the order of one part per million. The combustion of these coals for electrical power generation leaves large quantities of ash, in which trace elements such as U can be concentrated ten times or more. The United States Environmental Protection Agency proposes to reclassify fossil-fuel wastes such as coal ash as naturally-occurring radioactive materials (NORM) because of their potential U content, and more stringently regulate their handling and disposal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference
Editors Anon
PublisherIEEE
Pages1203-1206
Number of pages4
Volume3
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1994 29th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference. Part 4 (of 4) - Monterey, CA, USA
Duration: Aug 7 1994Aug 11 1994

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1994 29th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference. Part 4 (of 4)
CityMonterey, CA, USA
Period8/7/948/11/94

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Semken, S. C., & Oversby, V. M. (1994). Coal ash as a naturally-occurring radioactive material: Regulation before research? In Anon (Ed.), Proceedings of the Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (Vol. 3, pp. 1203-1206). IEEE.