Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) Reactor Power Plants
An advanced power producing technology known as Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) Reactors now enables the burning of coal refuse. This technology is perhaps the single greatest hope of ridding Pennsylvania's landscape of hundreds of small mountains of coal refuse leftover from the environmentally insensitive heyday of coal mining. Sometimes referred to as cogeneration plants, or simply "cogens", the CFB plants employ advanced pollution control equipment that allow them to meet the strictest air quality emission standards in producing electricity. Additionally, the byproduct ash produced has been found to be very useful in reclaiming abandoned mine lands that have been polluted with acids and metals (including the very coal refuse sites that fuel the plants).
Burning Waste Coal in CFB Power Plants (PDF or HTML) brochure by the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
Testimony - Waste Coal Incentives by PA DEP Secretarty McGinty before the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
Coal Refuse Burning Power Plants (PDF) Pennsylvania's partner in improving the environment. Also in zipped PowerPoint version
Coal Industry Gets a Makeover with Clean Technology - By Will McNamara
Clean Power and Industrial Redevelopment-The Northampton Generating Plant company literature
Colver Power Project company literature
ARIPPA An Association of Independent Power Producers in the Anthracite and Bituminous Regions of Pennsylvania
Coal Fly Ash Report by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee
Coal Ash Beneficial Use in Mine Reclamation and Mine Drainage Remediation in Pennsylvania by PA DEP