Byproducts of Energy Fuels

Science Center Objects

This task provides detailed information on the use and resource potential of energy by-products, as well as controls on the potential mobility of contaminants resulting from transport, storage, and disposal of these byproducts. Specific topics investigated include 1) transport and fate of organic and inorganic contaminants during storage and disposal of waste coal and coal combustion byproducts (CCBs) in landfills and impoundments; 2) resource and beneficial use aspects of coal and CCBs; 3) behavior of CCBs stored in coal mines for neutralization of acid mine drainage; and 4) impact of coal transfer, transport, shipping and distribution. Research on CCBs is a long-standing USGS priority that has been a part of nearly every past USGS project on coal quality.

Deonarine, A., Kolker, A., Doughten, M., Bailoo, J.D., and Holland, J.T., 2016, Arsenic speciation in bituminous coal fly ash and transformations in response to redox conditions:  Environmental Science and Technology, v. 50 (11) p. 6099-6106, http://dx.doi.org /10.1021/acs.est.6b00957.

Kolker, Allan, Scott, Clint, Hower, James C., Vazquez, Jorge A., Lopano, Christina L., and Dai, Shifeng, 2017, Distribution of rare earth elements in coal combustion fly ash, determined by SHRIMP-RG ion microprobe:  International Journal of Coal Geology,  v. 184, p. 1-10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coal.2017.10.002.

Kolker, A., Hower, J.C., and Karamalidis, A.A., 2019, Introduction to critical elements in coal and coal ash, and their recovery, a virtual special issue: International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 206, p. 19-20, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coal.2019.03.001.

Scott, Clint and Kolker, Allan, 2019. Rare earth elements (REE) in coal and coal ash: USGS Fact Sheet, 4 p.

Hower, J.C., Kolker, Allan, Hsu-Kim, Heileen, and Plata, Desiree, 2019, Rare earth elements in coal and coal ash and their potential extraction, in, Karamalidis, Athanasios, and Eggert, Roderick, eds., Rare earth elements and their sustainable extraction from secondary sources:  American Geophysical Union, Geophysical Monograph Series.

Abstracts

Kolker, Allan, Scott, Clint, Geboy, Nick, Wolf, Ruth, and McCord, Jamie, 2015, Analytical approaches for determining REE in coal and coal ash [abs]: International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, Pittsburgh, PA October, 2015.

Kolker, Allan, Hower, James C., Senior, Connie, Groppo, John G., Scott, Clint, and Deonarine, Amrika, 2015, Rare earth bearing trace phases in coal ash: Where are they? [abs]: Geological Society of America 2015 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Klitzing, K., Kolker, A., Geboy, N., and Lefticariu, L., 2016, Rare earth and strategic elements in Illinois coal deposits and coal mine waste [abs]:  Geological Society of America, North Central Sectional Meeting, Champaign, IL, GSA Abstracts with Programs.

Deonarine, A., Kolker, A., Foster, A., Bailoo, J.D., Doughten, M., and Holland, J.T., 2016, Arsenic speciation in bituminous coal fly ash and transformations in response to redox conditions [abs]: Proceedings of the 2016 Goldschmidt Conference, Yokohama, Japan, June, 2016.

Kolker, A., Scott, C., Hower, J.C., Vazquez, Jorge A., Lopano, C.L., and Deonarine, A., 2016, Grain scale distribution of rare earth elements in coal ash by SHRIMP-RG ion microprobe [abs]: Geological Society of America 2016 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Scott, C., Kolker, A., Vazquez, J., Hower, J.C., and Lopano, C.L., 2017, Partitioning of REE into fly ash glasses at boiler temperatures [abs]: World of Coal Ash, Lexington, KY, May, 2017.

Kolker, Allan, Scott, Clint, Hower, James, Vazquez, Jorge, and Lopano, Christina, 2017, SHRIMP-RG determination of rare earth element distribution in coal fly ash [abs]: Proceedings of the 2017 Goldschmidt Conference, Paris, August, 2017.

Kolker, Allan, Scott, Clint, Hower, James, Vazquez, Jorge, and Lopano, Christina, 2017, Grain scale rare earth element distribution in coal fly ash [abs]: International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, Pittsburgh, PA September 2017.

Klitzing, K., Lefticariu, L., Kolker, A., and Mick, A., 2018, Rare earth element and yttrium resources in acid mine drainage in the Illinois Basin, USA:  Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, November 2018.

Lefticariu, L., Kolker, A., Sutton, S.R., and Lanzirotti, A., 2018, Rare earth elements and yttrium in AMD-associated sediments in the Illinois Basin, USA: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, November 2018.

Kolker, A., Shaffer, B.N., Ruppert, L.F., Scott, C., and Thompson, C.N., 2019, The Yampa Coalfield, northwestern Colorado, USA- A western U.S. analogue or the Appalachian Fire Clay coal: Proceedings of the 2019 International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2019.