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Data Series 635

Geochemical Database of Feed Coal and Coal Combustion Products (CCPs) from Five Power Plants in the United States

By Ronald H. Affolter,1 Steve Groves,1 William J. Betterton,1 William Benzel,1 Kelly L. Conrad,1 Sharon M. Swanson,2 Leslie F. Ruppert,2 James G. Clough,3 Harvey E. Belkin,2 Allan Kolker,2 and James C. Hower4

Thumbnail of and link to pamphlet PDF (1.1 MB)Introduction

The principal mission of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Resources Program (ERP) is to (1) understand the processes critical to the formation, accumulation, occurrence, and alteration of geologically based energy resources; (2) conduct scientifically robust assessments of those resources; and (3) study the impacts of energy resource occurrence and (or) their production and use on both the environment and human health. The ERP promotes and supports research resulting in original, geology-based, non-biased energy information products for policy and decision makers, land and resource managers, other Federal and State agencies, the domestic energy industry, foreign governments, non-governmental groups, and academia. Investigations include research on the geology of oil, gas, and coal, and the impacts associated with energy resource occurrence, production, quality, and utilization. The ERP’s focus on coal is to support investigations into current issues pertaining to coal production, beneficiation and (or) conversion, and the environmental impact of the coal combustion process and coal combustion products (CCPs). To accomplish these studies, the USGS combines its activities with other organizations to address domestic and international issues that relate to the development and use of energy resources.

1 Central Energy Resources Science Center, Denver, Colo.
2 Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Reston, Va.
3 Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, Alaska.
4 University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, Lexington, Ky.

First posted December 5, 2011

For additional information contact:

Center Director,
USGS Central Energy Resources Science Center
Box 25046, Mail stop 939
Denver, CO 80225

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Suggested citation:

Affolter, R.H., Groves, Steve, Betterton, W.J., Benzel, William, Conrad, K.L., Swanson, S.M., Ruppert L.F., Clough J.G., Belkin, H.E., Kolker, Allan, and Hower, J.C., 2011, Geochemical database of feed coal and coal combustion products (CCPs) from five power plants in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 635, pamphlet, 19 p.

Pamphlet Contents


Future Coal Utilization

How Power Plants Were Selected

Generalized Power Plant Sampling Plan

Sample Flow and Anayltical Techniques



Summary of Data

Selected Coal Utilization References

Description of Power Plant Data Series

Summary of Data Collected and Included in this Data Series



List of Other Contributors

References Cited

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