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The Coal Terminals of India

By David Gambrel

Although India is one of the world’s largest coal producing countries, it cannot keep up with its own demand for coal. Indian coal producers are under steadily-increasing pressure to import more coal per year, a pressure being increased by the threat of government fines. For years its primary sources of imported coal have been Indonesia, Australia and South Africa. The last two years have seen Indian coal buyers working with U.S. producers in an effort to tie up about 67 million tons.

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Alabama Coal Transportation—A System in Change

By David Gambrel

For many years Alabama has appeared to the outside world (everywhere not within the Alabama borders) as a self-contained idealistic economy. Its steel industry and power plants were furnished coal by its own nearby coal mines, and the coal was hauled from Alabama mines to the plants by a small group of barge and railroad companies.

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Railroads Plan Major Investments

By David Gambrel

In early September 2011, STB Chairman Dan Elliott wrote to each of the nation’s major railroads requesting they summarize important operating features they have experienced or expect to experience in 2011.

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Coal Dust Control - Arkansas Electric Petition for Declaratory Order

By David Gambrel

This is a continuation of the coal dust saga begun in the December 2010 and continued in the May 2011 issues of Coal Age. The saga centers around coal transported by rail out of the Powder River Basin (PRB) of Wyoming, and is focused on an attempt by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) to set in place a procedure for controlling coal dust blown from the tops of open top hoppers.

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PDMMS: A New Tool for Managing Personal Dust Monitor Data

By Ty Petrice, Tracina Jackson and Jon Volkwein

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently developed the Personal Dust Monitor (PDM) for use in coal mines.

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