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Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, the Coal Impoundment Location and Information system has emerged as a resource to identify coal impoundments in West Virginia, to alert residents of emergency situations and related evacuation plans, to improve safety, and to provide the latest information on legal actions and alternatives for impounding coal waste.

Our Mine Safety and Coal Impoundment Division is a foundation to provide vital information, education and protection. Coal impoundments serve a basic need of the coal-mining industry: to store water and waste created during the mining process. Inherent in their existence, though, are risks, including potential breaks that can jeopardize citizens, wildlife, and the environment.

View the Upper Big Branch Mining Disaster Report

2011 International Mining Health & Safety Symposium

To learn more, please visit the Coal Impoundment Website