Is Clean Coal Possible?

Posted by on January 20, 2009

The Sierra Club of Southeastern PA and Penn Environment present


Monday, January 26, 6:45 PM
The Free Library of Philadelphia, 19th/Vine Sts, 4th Floor

Michael Fiorentino, Esq, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center, will discuss, in terms of law and policy, the many ways coal can be burned and its emissions can be controlled.  He’ll also discuss the gap between the PR campaign for clean coal and the environmental reality.

Jim Schmid, Ph D, will talk about the effects of longwall mining, the major method of underground coal in removal in PA, causing surface subsidence with damage to structures, streams, lakes, wells, and wetlands.  The PA Bureau of Mining and Reclamation is required by law to protect surface waters but routinely doesn’t.  Mountaintop removal in nearby states is also a problem.


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