Science Inventory

INEZ, KENTUCKY COAL SLURRY SPILL

Citation:

Williams, D J. INEZ, KENTUCKY COAL SLURRY SPILL. Presented at Federal Applications of Satellite Image Information-3 TASC Westfields, Chantilly, VA, December 14, 2000.

Impact/Purpose:

The objectives of this task are to:

Assess new remote sensing technology for applicability to landscape characterization; Integrate multiple sensor systems data for improved landscape characterization;

Coordinate future technological needs with other agencies' sensor development programs;

Apply existing remote sensing systems to varied landscape characterization needs; and

Conduct remote sensing applications research for habitat suitability, water resources, and terrestrial condition indicators.

Description:

On October 11th, 2000, a breach of a coal slurry impoundment released approximately 210 million gallons of coal slurry ( a mixture of fine coal particles, silt, clay, sand and water) into the Big Andy Branch, Wolf Creek, and Coldwater Fork. Approximately 75 river miles were affected by flood conditions due to the release of the slurry and deposition of the-slurry solids in the streams and along the stream banks. Analysis of the disaster area was accomplished using aerial photography and National Technical Means (NTM) to document the flood extent and
slurry deposition boundaries. This' project served as a pilot study for the use of NTM for EPA Emergency Response informational support.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 12/14/2000
Record Last Revised: 06/06/2005
Record ID: 60111

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES DIVISION

LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY BRANCH