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Vintondale Coal Refuse Pile Removal

The Vintondale refuse pile is located near Vintondale Borough.  It sits on the bank of North Branch Blacklick Creek.  Refuse and leachate from the refuse pile flow directly into the stream.  The opposite side of of the refuse pile borders a wetland. The Vintondale coal refuse pile is 310,000 tons covering 13 acres.  Unfortunately only an estimated 170,000 tons of the pile is usable for burning in a fluidized bed type power plant.  The estimated 140,000 tons is unusable because of poor quality and part of the pile has burned.  This material must be removed from the site for disposal.  The removal of the refuse pile will be difficult because of its location and there is not room for a staging area.Hauling away of the unusable material will be expensive.