Mine reclamation needs in Western U.S. of major concern as coal industry weakens ‒ report FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):More than one-third of all land mined for coal in the western U.S. remains unreclaimed after nearly 50 years of mining, according to a new report from a regional network of western conservation organizations.There are about 150,000 unreclaimed acres, or 234 square miles, in the West, according to a report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils, or WORC. That land is either still being mined or is classified as long-term reclamation and mining facilities, such as haul roads and other areas that coal producers deem necessary until the end of the mine life.The report noted the coal industry’s decline and projections of its continuing demise as demand for the fuel wanes. Federal and state governments need to be more active to ensure producers clean up their mines rather than sticking taxpayers with the bill, which may involve policy changes, according to the report.Among its recommendations, the report said policymakers should require companies to provide detailed mine closure plans that include the expected timing and resources the producer has available to put toward the costs of shutting down the operation. The council also suggested that policymakers require companies to create sinking funds to help pay for reclamation obligations and eliminate self-bonding at state and federal levels.Part of the problem is that much of the coal mine is left unreclaimed up until the operation shuts down, requiring the producers to spend a significant amount of money restoring the land just as its revenue stream dries up, according to WORC.“At some point, reclamation costs will overwhelm cash generated from dwindling coal sales. With rising costs and declining revenues, coal companies will likely again file for bankruptcy sometime during this process,” the report said.[Ellie Potter]More ($): More than a third of western US coal mine land left unreclaimed, report says
Anthropological testing in the FF BH Training Centre today completed the preparations of the U-18 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, players born in 2003.“We finished the first camp where we had all the invited players at our disposal. We did five training sessions, as well as anthropological tests that we do in cooperation with the Sarajevo Faculty of Sports and Physical Education. The boys worked well and everything went without injuries”, says the head coach Slaven Musa.This expert also commented on the working conditions at the first gathering after three months:“As far as health and epidemiological instructions are concerned, in the Training Centre we had all the necessary conditions to implement everything that was required of us, from keeping our distance, the distance between the tables in the dining room, etc. The players stayed in individual rooms, and in the double rooms there were players coming from the same clubs. We filled out all the epidemiological questionnaires, we measured the body temperature of the players and members of the technical staff on a daily basis. We complied with everything prescribed by the epidemiologist and adhered to all measures. It didn’t affect our training sessions, so we did everything we planned.”Musa also spoke about today’s tests:“We will get the results of anthropological tests later and we will compare them with the measurements we did at the winter camps. We perform these tests according to European and world standards where agility, speed and endurance are measured. According to the results from January, our players are in a very good anthropological condition. We will see what the results will be now. The break will probably be felt a bit, especially in terms of endurance, but at first glance it seems that the boys are still in good condition and the results could be better than we expected.”Tomorrow, the national team players born in 2002 will gather in Zenica.“As far as training sessions and work intensity are concerned, we will stick to a similar program at the next gathering. On the first day, we will do one introductory training session, the other two days there will be two trainings, and we will finish the preparations with tests like these. We will take all the same measures as now and I believe that everything will go well”, says Slaven Musa.Dženit Hajdarević, who leads the list of scorers in the Premier Youth U-17 League of Bosnia and Herzegovina with 21 goals, also received an invitation to this camp.“Given that we had a long break of two months, we can say that these preparations were a little harder than usual. However, everything went well and I think we all worked very well. I’m slowly getting back to the shape I was in before. During the break, I worked a lot alone at the stadium which is near my apartment. I also hired a private coach in order to stay in the best possible shape, but group trainings in these few days in Zenica were welcome”, says Hajdarević.Boro Erić, a national team player, also commented on the preparations:“This gathering serves us well after a long break. Most of the players worked only individually, all of us didn’t have the opportunity to do the team trainings. We all tried hard during the break, but we still missed the group training sessions. In addition, we will now have a clearer picture of what shape we are in after everything that has happened lately. I can be satisfied with my current condition, because I did today’s tests well.”The U-18 national team players left the Training Camp today, and the U-19 players will gather tomorrow.