12/22/2009 Archived Entry: "Learning from Coal Fires in Eastern Kentucky"
On December 22nd, Greg Copley (far left), Jim Hower and Rachel Hatch made a trip to a coal mine fire near Hazard, Kentucky to place instruments for several-week's monitoring of temperature and carbon monoxide at a vent. They plan to retrieve the instruments in mid-January.
Coal fires are a major uncontrolled source of emissions of greenhouse gases, volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, and trace metals. Their work is part of a multi-organizational study of coal fires throughout the US.
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