WVU and coal industry show ‘a little science goes a long way’ in improving Mon River water quality

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January 18, 2011 by Trina Wafle, National Research Center for Coal and Energy

Morgantown, W.Va. — West Virginia University, through research, reason, and a great deal of cooperation fromcleaning mine discharge coal companies along the Monongahela River, recently demonstrated how “a little science goes a long way” in correcting a potential water quality issue that could have threatened local jobs as well as the environment.

West Virginia Water Research Institute Director Paul Ziemkiewicz worked with major coal companies to form the Coal Industry TDS Working Group to develop a managed discharge system to address problems arising from an increase in total dissolved solids in the river. “This approach controls TDS without costing any miners their jobs or raising anyone’s electricity or sewage rates,” said Ziemkiewicz.

The full story appears on WVU’s Advanced Energy Initiative website. The Water Research Institute is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at WVU.


CONTACT: Paul Ziemkiewicz, (304) 293-6958