This book addresses the economic, environmental, and legal ramifications of land reclamation following coal surface mining, reviews the status of the coal industry, and looks at possible future developments.
Part 1: Surface Mining in Perspective 1. Recent Trends in the Geography of Coal, 2. Surface Mining and Reclamation, Coal Age 3. Bureau Seeks New Surface Mining and Reclamation Techniques 4. Land Utilization and Reclamation in the Mining Industry Part 2: Environmental Impacts 5. Coal and the Environment 6. A Crop for Mine Spoils? 7. Highwalls-An Environmental Nightmare 8. Revegetating Surface-Mined Land 9. Coal Mining vs. Environment: A Reconciliation in Pennsylvania Part 3: Economic Impacts 10. The Economic Problem of Coal Surface Mining 11. Strip Mine Reclamation and Economic Analysis 12. The Cost of Coal 13. Market Imperfections, Social Costs of Strip Mining, and Policy Alternatives 14. Economic Impacts of Surface Mine Reclamation Part 4: Legal Impacts 15. Strip Mining of Coal: A Federal Response to State Legislation 16. The Control of Surface Mining: An Exercise in Creative Federalism 17. Bonding Requirements for the Surface Mining of Coal 18. The Strip Mining Dilemma: The Case of Virginia 19. Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 Part 5: The Future of Surface Mining 20. Coal and the Future of the Appalachian Economy 21. Surface Mined Land Reclamation in Germany 22. A Regional Analysis of Air Quality Standards, Coal Conversion, and the Steam-Electric Coal Market 23. A Suitability Matrix for Selecting Land Use Alternatives for Reclaimed Strip Mined Areas 24. Land Use Planning in Surface Mine Areas 25. Allocation of United States Coal Production to Meet Future Energy Needs