Richard S. wrote:
We need Yanche in on this discussion.
Frankly even with accurate numbers its too hard to quantify the real total. SNIP ...
I don't know of any good studies on pollutants resulting from residential burning of Anthracite coal. The closest study that might apply were the studies done for the EPA on the Reading Company coal to oil plant proposed for Pottsville, PA. You have to understand the combustion process in a power plant is much different that the combustion in a residential stove, boiler or furnace. The power plant operates at much hotter temperatures, introduces other gases and or powers to make the plant more efficient and/or less polluting. I haven't a technical clue which is less polluting.
I do know residential use of Anthracite coal directly for heating is far more efficient that using Bituminous coal to make electricity and then using electric resistance heating elements to heat your home. Because you use much less coal the pollution you generate is also much, much less. Only about 1/3 of the coals Btu content of electric power generating plants gets to your home.
Residential Anthracite coal home heating needs to be a part of a national energy plan. I don't see a way to even get it on the radar screen. There's no central Anthracite spokesman. All the other energy groups, Bituminious coal, oil, solar, wind, etc have their lobby groups. Anthracite has none. Can anyone point me to a Web site that promotes Anthracite coal?