Coal Combustion Products Program

Mining Returns: Finding Uses for Coal Combustion Byproducts

Posted: January 06, 2012

Butalia High Wall

Engineering researchers are discovering beneficial ways to use large volumes of coal combustion byproducts in the reclamation of abandoned and active Ohio surface coal mines.

Tarunjit Butalia, a research scientist, leads a team that already has determined how the byproducts can be used in highway and other infrastructure rehabilitation applications. Now the civil and environmental engineering and geodetic sciences experts aim to expand the beneficial use of Ohio coal combustion byproducts from 3 million tons per year in 2008 to about 5.6 million tons by 2012. The work is funded by

$1.7 million from the Ohio Coal Development Office as a part of the Ohio Advanced Energy Job Stimulus here for complete story.